Services set for fallen Spring Hill officer

Monday, February 8, 2010 at 6:38pm
Staff reports

Spring Hill Police Department Cpl. Jeremy McLaren, the city’s first officer to die in the line of duty, will be laid to rest Friday at Spring Hill Cemetery in Nashville.

McLaren, 28, died Sunday afternoon from complications following surgery to repair a leg injury he suffered in an on-duty crash Friday night.

Officers have remained with him around the clock since his death and will stay with him until he is laid to rest.

“Having an officer remain with Cpl. McLaren is simply the right thing to do,” Spring Hill Police Chief John Smith said. “We never leave one of our own. A police officer will continually be with him until he is laid to rest, out of respect for him, his family, and everyone who loved him.”

McLaren had been with the department since June 25, 2007.

Visitation for McLaren will be at Williamson Memorial Funeral Home, 3009 Columbia Ave. in Franklin from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday and from 10 a.m-2 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. Thursday.

Services will be held at Brentwood Baptist Church, 7777 Concord Road, at 11 a.m. Friday.

Following the service, the procession will travel to Spring Hill drive past the Spring Hill Police Department. The procession will then continue to the Spring Hill Cemetery, 5110 Gallatin Pike, in Nashville.

Those wishing to leave a word of encouragement for McLaren’s family and co-workers can do so at the Officer Down Memorial Page.

An education fund, in honor of Corporal McLaren, is being established for his nephew, Steven McLaren, Jr., at US Bank.