Community, law enforcement officers gather for deputy's funeral

Community, law enforcement officers gather for deputy's funeral

PEMBROKE, GA (WTOC) - Bryan County Deputy Sgt. Robert "Bobby" Crapse is being laid to rest Tuesday afternoon. He was posthumously promoted from corporal to sergeant.

Crapse was killed in a head-on collision on Interstate 95 northbound last week. He is survived by his wife and three children. The crash remains under investigation. State troopers said the driver of the car that collided head-on with Crapse's cruiser Patricia Collins, 23, remains in the hospital.

The funeral began at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church of Pembroke.

The Effingham County Sheriff's Office will be handling Bryan County calls until Tuesday night, allowing the deputies and officers to pay their respects to Crapse.

"He loved it. He loved the people around him. He loved the people he worked with. He lived it and he breathed it. That's all I can say. He's going to be greatly, greatly missed," said his father Steven Crapse.

"He's a good officer. I don't think I can ever replace him with anybody else - hard worker. Everybody liked him. you know, he was my backbone. You know, anything I asked him to do as a supervisor he was always there to do it. You really just can't say enough words," said Lt. David Blige, Crapse's friend and supervisor.

A donation fund has been set up at the Heritage Bank in Pembroke to help with those expenses. The Police and Firefighters Emerald Society of Southeast Georgia have opened a Crapse Memorial Fund for Crapse's family to help with funeral costs.

Donations can be made at First Chatham Bank, Richmond Hill Bank, FEB and FGB. The account is #4269791.

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