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Procession For Officer Bingaman

At the Swannanoa exit off I-40, the community turned out to pay respects for Asheville Police Officer Robert Bingaman.

The procession arrived their just before noon. Many onlookers had their hands over their hearts in honor of the fallen officer.       

"I'm hoping they realize that people realize this is something they need to respect," said Angela Dunlap of Swannanoa, who brought her three kids.

The Hembrees were among those who hope the Bingaman family finds solace in their support.

"I hope it does," said Linda Hembree. "And I hope more come out and show their respect."

Angela Dunlap's dad, a retired Asheville Police officer, was among those at Bingaman's funeral.   

"They would talk about the things that are really important," she said about her father and officer Bingaman.

Life and faith, she says, were common conversation.

"It always seems like they always take the good ones," said Dunlap. "This was one of the good ones, God called him home. "

As the procession rolled by, News 13 saw compassion on so many levels. Some say standing up was the least they could do.

"For a police officer to lose their life for us," said Dunlap, "That's important to stand up for."

By John Le

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