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Fallen Officer Honored In Conway

Vigil held for officer killed in the line of duty in Conway last year.
CONWAY, AR -- People remember a fallen officer who died in the line of duty, one year ago today.

Conway Officer William McGary was hit by a car as he directed traffic after an accident.

Tonight, his family and friends put together a vigil in his honor.

And even with all the rain, dozens of people came to Simon Park for the event.

People remembered a man who died in his uniform, a uniform he loved to put on everyday because family members say he liked helping people and giving back to the community.

Along with music, people held blue glow sticks at the vigil tonight.

Friends say the sticks represent the light inside Officer McGary.

His girlfriend, Melody Erickson, said, "I remember Will. I hope it reminds people of the danger they (police officers) face everyday. It might not be a gunshot or a stabbing or whatever, but it could be a car. It can be a car wreck. "

Officer McGary was on the Conway police force for two years.

But in that short time, the young man impacted a lot of people.

His supervisor, Sgt. Gene Hodges, said, "And I've had so many people coming up to me since the accident and telling me he was a really great guy and these are random people."

McGary's cousin Colten Polk said, "He's always been a nice person."

Police arrested the man they say hit Officer McGary last year.

31-year-old Barry Strickland is charged with several crimes including DWI and careless driving.

He's not gone to trial yet.

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