HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Family and friends of Hendersonville police officer Spencer Bristol will gather this week to honor his memory.
A visitation was held Monday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Another will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, followed by his funeral at First Baptist Church Hendersonville.
Officer Bristol was killed last week during a chase on Interstate 65. Investigators said he tried to run after Emani Jordan across the interstate, when he was hit by a car.
Several people came together to show their support to Officer Bristol, his family and the Hendersonville Police department.
"He was the type of person that would impact the entire community to want to do what they could to return him the favor that he’s given to everybody which is nothing but love, respect and protecting everybody," said Anthony Silva.
Silva said Bristol was his friend and the two met in elementary school. Silva says it was hard to hear the news that his friend was tragically killed.
"One thing I do know is he lost his life doing what he loves the most, and that is saving people regardless of what anybody thinks he should have done," said Silva.
Law enforcement from all over Middle Tennessee showed their support. Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove, who lost a deputy two months ago said it important to be here for Hendersonville.
"We want to get out here and do our best to protect the public and do something good, but tragedy strikes and it’s just the line of work that we’re in and it just seems like in Tennessee it happens way too often," said Breedlove.
Cheatham County Deputies will also work shifts in Hendersonville to give officers some time off for the funeral.
This week, some local businesses are stepping up to help his family during their time of need. You can visit Texas Roadhouse on Wednesday and Moby Dicky's in Hendersonville this Thursday. Both restaurants say they will donate 100% of their proceeds to his family. Bristol was an employee at the Hendersonville Texas Roadhouse before he joined the police department.
The 100 Club of Sumner County has also set up a fund for the Bristol family at Volunteer State Bank. Click here to donate.
Additionally, the Hendersonville Fraternal Order of Police Lodge partnered with Barbells and Badges to create a T-shirt and hoodie to help raise money for his family.