BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - More than 700 people came together in Mandan to honor a fallen officer, friend, and most important, husband and father.
Mandan Deputy Police Chief Paul Leingang passed away after a six month battle with cancer. Today he was laid to rest.
Officers with different badges walked side by side to mourn their fallen brother.
"There's many times I wish he was there so I could ask him the questions and get his opinion and stuff like that...he is already missed," said Lt. Pat Haug, Mandan Police Department.
"Paul's handshake, his hug, his phone call you want to go for coffee and talk, his smile...is what I will never forget," said Chief Dan Donlin, Bismarck Police Department.
Deputy Police Chief Paul Leingang was a leader and hero and served 37 years with the Mandan Police.
Leingang passed away last Tuesday after a courageous battle with cancer.
Saturday morning hundreds of people wanted to show his family how much he was loved.
"There were people on Main Street waving flags as we drove by, the church was full, we were in overflow so that tells me Paul touched everybody that he came into contact in some form," said Haug.
Mandan and Bismarck Fire Departments draped a large American flag off their trucks on Main Street as Leingang, his family, and officers traveled to the cemetery.
Bismarck Police and other agencies helped fill shifts in Mandan to make sure every Mandan officer could say goodbye to their Deputy Chief.
"Happily swooped in we had one sergeant and one patrol officer and they were honored to be able to pull that duty and provide service to Mandan," said Donlin.
Leingang will live on in the hearts of many people and continue to watch over the community he truly loved.
Thank you headquarters 853. You'll be missed.
Leingang will be extremely missed by his wife Kelly, son Kyle, and daughter Kayla.