farewell to former Marshall police chief

Jesus "Eddie" Campa and his family cutting the cake at his farewell reception in Marshall, Tex.

MARSHAL, Texas (KTBS) - Marshall, Texas says goodbye to the man in charge of protecting the city.

Former police chief - Jesus "Eddie" Campa - resigned last month to pursue other opportunities.

This afternoon, a ceremony to bid him farewell. Coordinators called it a "love reception" giving the Marshall community a chance to send their thanks before the Campa family takes off.

Many, including Campa, had a hard time keeping their eyes dry.

"It's always been my philosophy - community based policing, and today I appreciate the outpouring of support."

Reception coordinator, and NAACP President, Charles Wilson, says, "We just wanted to tell him how much the Marshall community loved him, and how much he did for us in the short time that he was here."

Marshall residents now hope the next chief can fill the shoes Campa leaves behind.

The Campa family says their new home will be in the state of Florida.

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