WATCH: Community pays respects to fallen Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel

Jacksonville, FL — An emotional sendoff on the First Coast for a fallen hero.

The community lined the procession route for Clay County Deputy Ben Zirbel to pay their respects, as he was transported to a Green Cove Springs funeral home, Friday afternoon.

12-year veteran Deputy Ben Zirbel spent days in critical condition, following a crash while he was on motorcycle patrol. The Florida Highway Patrol is still investigating that crash, which happened at Blanding and Camp Francis Johnson Road, and whether any charges will be filed. The agency has said that process could take 90 days or longer.

Zirbel's funeral is being held Saturday, August 25th, with a church service at 1 PM at St. Luke's Catholic Church on Blanding Boulevard in Middleburg. The Clay County Sheriff's Office says it's open to the public, but seating is very limited.

Zirbel leaves behind his wife and an 8-year-old son. If you would like to donate to his family, there are two accounts set up. Find those details by clicking HERE.

End of Watch: We honored Clay County Sheriff's Office, Florida Deputy Ben Zirbel during the procession on Blanding...

Posted by Clay Electric Co-op on Friday, August 24, 2018

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