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INDEPENDENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff’s deputy fatally struck by a car that police were chasing was hailed during his funeral as someone whose death happened as he trying to make sure no one else got hurt.

Hundreds of police officers were among some 2,000 mourners at Tuesday’s funeral for 50-year-old Oakland County Deputy Eric Overall at Independence Township’s Mount Zion Church.

Authorities say Overall was preparing to deploy “stop sticks” designed to deflate vehicles’ tires when he was hit early Thursday. The 22-year-old driver Christopher Berak faces first-degree homicide charges.

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said during the funeral that Overall’s actions that night make him “the embodiment of a hero.”

Sonya Overall says her husband was a passionate fisherman and he hoped to become a fishing boat captain in Florida.