MADISON, Tenn. (WTVF) — On the third anniversary of Officer Eric Mumaw's death, the Madison community is honoring the officer who died in the line of duty.
City leaders and emergency personnel gathered at Peeler Park in Madison on Sunday morning for an unveiling and dedication of a plaque to Officer Mumaw. The plaque placed at the park will be a lasting tribute to the officer who served on the force for 18 years.
As the birds chirped, and deer basked in the sunlight, many in the Madison community woke up remembering the day Officer Eric Mumaw made the ultimate sacrifice. The pain of what happened still rings familiar for Madison Precinct Commander Sebastian Gourdin.
"It’s going to have a lasting effect," Gourdin said.
On February 2, 2017, Officer Mumaw drowned as he was attempting to stop a suicidal woman from driving into the Cumberland River. He slipped and fell into the water, but the woman survived.
Gourdin said, "Proud to have an officer like that, an officer willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, an officer that loves working in the Madison area."
Chief of Police Steve Anderson said Officer Mumaw's memory will live on in the community he loved.
"Everyone coming to this park deserves to know what he meant to his family, to his friends, to his coworkers, and to all of Nashville," Anderson said, "It’s such a good thing, that such a lasting thing at this park will pay tribute to Eric Mumaw for generations to come."
As the Cumberland River flows, many feel Officer Mumaw is looking down on them, still watching over the Madison Community
"Officer Mumaw was a guardian of Madison," Gourdin said.
Juli Glisson is in jail serving a 12 year sentence for vehicular homicide by intoxication in connection to Officer Mumaw's death.