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Saying goodbye to Sergeant Curtis Billue

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IRWINTON, Ga -- Sergeant Curtis Billue was laid to rest in Wilkinson County, Saturday. Friends, family, and law enforcement from all over the state came to honor the late officer.

"Well the support that he got from all the people show what kind of life he lived that kind of person that he were. And he was a loving guy," said Willie Mason who has been friends with the family for over 20 years. He also said that the family is staying strong through this difficult time, "The family is coping with it very well by the strength and the help of the almighty God."

He says the funeral service represented Officer Billue's character and his willingness to serve well, "A job well done, that he's done for society, and he's done to help keep us safe, and keep America safe when he was the military as well."

Officer LaTasha Nelson is a corrections officer and used to work with Officer Billue. She remembers him fondly, "He was a great officer, very humble, very outspoken, we going to miss him, we going to love him, we love him." When she heard the news on Tuesday she was devastated, "because I lost a brother, not only a friend but a brother in blue."

She said she will always remember his friendly demeanor, "He was a great friend, a great person, he never changed, you know he was just a good spirit to be around, at all times, no matter, under any circumstance he was always a wonderful person to be around.

Throughout the service people said that Officer Billue was a man of his word. He lived with integrity, he was humble, kind, and lived to serve.

Sgt. Billue and Sgt. Christopher Monica were shot and killed on Tuesday when authorities said two inmates overpowered them on a Department of Corrections bus in Putnam County.

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