A funeral service was held for Henry County Police Officer Elgin Daniel on Friday, November 16. He struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Monday night while assisting a stranded motorist. (Photo: Chris Francis/myfoxatlanta)
DECATUR, Ga. -
A Henry County police officer killed in a hit-and-run accident was laid to rest on Friday afternoon. Officer Elgin Daniel, 53, was struck and killed on Monday night while assisting a stranded motorist.
Daniel was a veteran law enforcement officer. He worked for DeKalb County for 26 years, retired as a lieutenant and came to Henry County to continue his service in law enforcement. He was with Henry County for two years when he was killed.
"He was a cop's cop. Police officers understand that every day that they put that badge on, that they're putting their lives on the line and we do it because it's what we love," said retired DeKalb Assistant Chief John Pearson.
A visitation for Officer Daniel was held at Horis Ward Funeral Home in Stockbridge on Thursday. He is survived by two sons, a daughter and a wife.
The suspect in the hit-and-run accident, Ruben Marin-Garibay, is being held without bond at the Henry County Jail. Marin-Garibay is charged with vehicular homicide, serious injury by vehicle, failure to maintain lane and hit-and-run, according to police.
He has a court appearance scheduled for December 11 at 8:30 a.m.