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Police Officer Eric Wayne Mumaw | Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

Police Officer

Eric Wayne Mumaw

Metro Nashville Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 44

Tour: 18 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Drowned

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Charges pending

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Police Officer Eric Mumaw drowned in the Cumberland River while attempting to save a suicidal woman.

He and another officer had responded to the Peeler Park Greenway Trailhead after receiving reports that a woman in a vehicle was contemplating suicide. The officers located the vehicle and were attempting to speak to the woman when the car rolled down the boat ramp and into the river. As the officers attempted to pull the woman from the car they were both swept further into the river, which had a water temperature of 49-degrees.

A third officer followed them as they were swept down the river and entered the river to rescue Officer Mumaw but was unable to reach him due to the freezing temperatures. Officer Mumaw's body was recovered several hours later.

The woman escaped from the vehicle and was found on the river bank intoxicated. Charges are pending.

Officer Mumaw had served with the Metro Nashville Police Department for 18 years.

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It still shocks me that you are no longer with us. I mean i wouldn't want it to be anyone at all. But never in a million years did it cross my mind it was you. From the moment i woke up with you passing my house so early that fateful morning to all the police and emergency vehicles heading down to Peeler Park, to seeing the news that an officer was missing. Not once did it cross my mind it could have been you. Then to learn it was, i went in to shock. Then it came to me that if it was anyone it would be you, only because you did your job to the fullest. That was the man that you were.
You had a passion for what you did, from the many nights when we had to call you to S&S to come rescue us from some drunk person, to rescuing us from an abusive spouse, you never judged. We miss you Eric Mumaw

Hannah Penn
Friend of Ofc. Eric Mumaw EOW 2/2/17
August 8, 2017


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