Story by: Allen Edmonds of The Star Herald.
Photos by: Mare-Rae' Photography.
Cpl. Mike Fools was laid to rest Saturday with all the honors due a 23-year veteran of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office.
The deputy and Harrisonville Alderman who had suffered from pancreatic cancer was memorialized by Church on the Rock pastor Cesar Nieto as a man who was comfortable with his soul, who loved his large family and all the community members who had made his life meaningful over the years.
The large church south of Harrisonville was packed to capacity for the service, while the overflow crowd was seated in the facility’s fellowship hall next to the sanctuary.
Fools’ body was transported through his hometown a final time by the lengthy procession, before arriving back at the Cass County Justice Center for a moving tribute in front of the building.
A three-gun salute was fired, and an emotional “final call” was issued by amplified police radio. The call concluded with the announcement that deputy 610 was “10-42,” meaning he had concluded his tour of duty.
Each member of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, led by Sheriff Dwight Diehl, formed a line following the service to hug and give well-wishes to Fools’ widow, Wanda, and other family members. Deputies were followed by representatives from law enforcement agencies and fire departments from across the county and region.
The service was punctuated by a perfectly timed fly-over by a life flight air ambulance helicopter.
Fools, 50, died Nov. 16 at the Cancer Treatment Center of America, Tulsa, Okla.
A memorial fund has been established at the Country Club Bank, P.O. Box 447, Harrisonville, MO 64701, for his children.
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