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Police Chief's Family Says Goodbye To Son

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The Holmans talk about the loss of their son. The Holmans talk about the loss of their son.

By Adam Ghassemi

BURNS, Tenn. –White Bluff Police Chief Michael Holman has responded to emergencies before, but the 4th of July was different.

"It's tough. It's tough," he said Friday. "It's a father's worst nightmare as law enforcement."

Holman only knew a teenager needed CPR when it hit him.

"I realized Caleb's truck was parked in front of the house," Holman said.

His 17-year-old son, Caleb, somehow broke his neck swimming. As the father, he knew it long before his partners. "I don't think they realized until I started hollering at Caleb, ‘Don't you quit, don't you give up,' who they were working on," he went on to say.

Being the wife of a police chief, when someone from the department rushed over, Becky Holman assumed the worst. "And he's like, no, it's Caleb and it's bad," she said.

Within days, doctors couldn't give the couple any hope.

"They had pretty much let us know there was a less than 1% chance he was going to wake up," Becky Holman said.

On Monday, five days after the accident, Caleb passed away. His senior pictures arrived just in time for Friday's funeral.

The Holmans say they couldn't get through this without support, and without knowing Caleb was an organ donor. It's the reason they're wearing green wristbands. "They say donate life," said Caleb's mother, who works in tissue donation. She said she is glad her son decided to become an organ donor. His eyes, heart valves, kidneys, liver and skin will all keep others going as this family tries to find the strength to do same.

"Has a little bit different meeting, a little more personal," she added.

"He's a hero. He's our hero," Chief Holman said.

The Holmans say they know it wasn't a diving accident because Caleb didn't have any head trauma. They believe he either jumped in the water and somehow broke his neck, or slipped and fell in the pool.

The family hopes everyone will talk with their loved ones about becoming an organ donor. They say it's something no one should put off.

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