Thousands Attend Funeral Service For Watauga Co. Sheriff’s Deputies Sgt. Chris Ward & K9 Deputy Logan Fox

BOONE, N.C. – A difficult day in Boone as thousands gathered to pay their final respects to two Watauga County Sheriff’s deputies, gunned down in the line of duty. Sergeant Chris Ward and K9 Deputy Logan Fox were killed last week during a stand-off with a suspect inside a home. Thursday, they were laid to rest at App State University’s Holmes Convocation Center.

Two families, and an entire community, came together for a service no one ever wants to attend.

The rhythmic beat of horse hooves, delivering the caskets of Sergeant Chris Ward and K9 Deputy Logan Fox.
The rumble of police motorcycles.
The somber notes of a bagpipe.
And respectful quiet, as people of all ages lined the streets in Boone to pay their final respects.

Jefferson resident Sheyna Widener says, “It’s very sobering. And I wanted my kids to see that.”
Boone resident Meagan Brunson says, “I just wanted to show the children that we want to honor the officers that gave their life to protect our community.”

Inside the Convocation Hall, thousands of people poured in, including law enforcement from across the state and beyond. Sylva Police Chief Chris Hatton said, “Today we are all members of the Ward and Fox families. We are all members of the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office family. So today, we are all family.”

The fathers of both men spoke together and then, shared an emotional embrace. Dep. Fox’s K9, Raven, who survived the ambush, paid final respects to her partner. Rev. Franklin Graham told the audience he is often asked why does God allow bad things to happen to good people? Graham continued, “I don’t know. I can’t answer that question. But I do know this. I do know that God loves us and I know that for sure.”

The men’s boss, Sheriff Len Hagaman, asked the audience to do one thing: “Please accept these folks as heroes because that’s what they were. That’s what they are.”

American flags were presented to Deputy Fox’s father and Sergeant Ward’s widow. As the three hour service came to a close, the familiar, sobering sound of taps filled the space followed by Amazing Grace.

Thursday’s graveside services for Deputies Ward and Fox were private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Watauga County Sheriff’s Office to help both the Ward and Fox families.