Music City came together on Monday (Feb. 6) to honor a fallen Nashville police officer. Billy Ray Cyrus, Jamey Johnson and Vince Gill were on hand to pay tribute to the late Officer Eric Mumaw.
Mumaw drowned last Thursday (Feb. 2) while trying to save a woman who jumped in the Cumberland River. The news shook the Nashville community, while stories quickly flooded in of his generous nature. A massive crowd showed up to celebrate Mumaw, an 18-year veteran of the police force.
Cyrus and Johnson joined forces for Billy Ray’s poignant 1992 hit, “Some Gave All.” “All gave some, some gave all / Some stood through for the red, white and blue / And some had to fall,” they sang sadly.
Gill was also on hand to perform for Mumaw’s memorial service. He got noticeably choked up as he spoke about his stepdaughter gave her kidney to her best friend in a selfless deed, similar to how Mumaw how selflessly risked his life.
“To see this great man, Eric, do the same thing with a much different ending… a much sadder ending. It moved me,” he said. “I reached out to the Mayor and I said, ‘If you need somebody to come and sing for Eric, I’m there.’ I’m thankful for the opportunity to come and, more than anything, just be grateful. Not only to Eric, but to every one of you that wear a uniform and do what you do.”
Gill also dedicated a rendition of “Go Rest High on That Mountain” to Mumaw’s mother in a truly moving moment.
Officer Eric Mumaw was 44 years old.