CONWAY, Ark. (KTHV) -- Multiple agencies stood in for the Conway Police on Wednesday.
Officers of the Conway Police Department were able to travel to Searcy to attend the funeral for Officer William McGary with the help of fellow Arkansas officers.
"The State Police, the Faulkner County Sheriff's Office and the Conway Fire Department have all volunteered to step up while they're gone," Captain Keith Eremea said with Arkansas State Police Troop A, which covers Pulaski, Faulkner, Saline and Lonoke Counties. "We have a firefighter in almost every state police car, so that way they know the city faster, better than we do."
Troopers Corporal Chuck Lewis and Sergeant Brad Lann are focusing on the city alone.
"A lot of us have had backgrounds with city and counties before. We're strictly working those city calls today for those officers," Corporal Lewis said.
"We're honored to be here today for the city of Conway, that way their officers could attend the funeral today for Officer McGary," Sergeant Lann added.
The troopers responded to about a dozen calls Wednesday morning, everything from burglary to accidents.
"At first, they're a little surprised a state trooper shows up with a deputy or a state trooper and a firefighter, but they realize it was the day of the funeral, and they tell us they're sorry for the loss and how dangerous our job is. And, that makes us feel good. It does," Captain Eremea said.
And serving as a reminder, a memorial is set up outside the Conway Police Department under flags flying at half-staff.
"It is a brotherhood," added Captain Eremea.
Between 50 to 60 law enforcement personnel filled in Wednesday for Conway Police Department.