The entire Nashville community is in mourning following the tragic death of an 18-year Metro Nashville Police Department veteran. Officer Eric Mumaw died in Cumberland River on Thursday (Feb. 3) attempting to save a woman who police say was suicidal.
According to The Tennessean, Officer Mumaw was attempting to open the driver's side door of a woman who was parked at the bottom of the Cumberland River boat ramp when she put her car in drive and he was dragged into the cold waters. Rescue crews found his body several hours after the incident and it was reported that he passed away from an "apparent drowning".
It was announced Sunday (Feb. 5) that country singers Billy Ray Cyrus and Vince Gill, who are both prominent figures in the Nashville community, would be performing at Officer Mumaw's memorial service on Monday (Feb. 6).
At a private ceremony prior to his memorial on Monday, the MNPD awarded Mumaw with the Medal of Valor, the department's highest honor.
Cyrus performed his song "Some Gave All" and Gill performed the heartbreaking song he also sang at George Jones' funeral, "Go Rest High on that Mountain".
"My thoughts and prayers are with Officer Mumaw's family, friends, Metro PD and all who's hearts are broken at this time of great loss," Cyrus said in a statement, according to The Tennessean. "Some Gave All" is a song I wrote in 1989 about heroes who sometimes make the ultimate sacrifice for this great nation, our freedom and the unselfishness in serving others. Officer Mumaw is an American hero. He will never be forgotten...and his legacy will live on forever."
Country star Jamey Johnson joined Cyrus for the moving performance, which likely left everyone in tears. The emotional chorus includes the lyrics, "All Gave Some, Some Gave All/Some stood through for the red, white and blue/And some had to fall."
Cyrus shared a picture of the program.
Watch a clip of Cyrus and Johnson's performance below.
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