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Over 450 people attended the funeral service of Sgt. David Finley on Friday afternoon. (ORN Photo)

Over 450 people attended the funeral service of Sgt. David Finley on Friday afternoon. (ORN Photo)

(West Plains) – Over 450 friends, family and fellow troopers attended the funeral service of Sgt. David Finley, which was held Friday afternoon at the West Plains Civic Center.

Speakers at the service included Sgt. Marty Elmore, Lieutenant Bruce Fiske, and retired Let. David Bailey from the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who spoke of Finley’s accomplishments, bravery and love for his family, his community, and for the Highway Patrol.

Dr. Dean Finley was the presiding minister at the service.

Sgt. Finley graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1987, and was a police officer with the city of Republic for three years, where he earned Rookie Officer of the Year. He graduated from the Missouri State Highway Patrol in 1995, and was assigned to Zone 6 of Troop G, covering southern Howell and Oregon counties. He was named the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year in 1997.

He passed away on Saturday, June 22 while training for a triathlon in Fayetteville, AR.

Interment was held at Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.

The West Plains and Willow Springs Fire Departments joined together to drape this flag across Porter Wagoner Blvd. in honor of Finley. (ORN Photo)

The West Plains and Willow Springs Fire Departments joined together to drape this flag across Porter Wagoner Blvd. in honor of Finley. (ORN Photo)

Retired Lt. David Baley with the Highway Patrol speaking at the service. (ORN Photo)

Retired Lt. David Baley with the Highway Patrol speaking at the service. (ORN Photo)

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