Candlelight vigil held for fallen Helena-West Helena officer

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HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — A Helena West Helena officer killed in the line of duty is being remembered as a hero, father and friend.

Officer Travis Wallace is remembered as a gentle soul who gave back to the community he loved and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

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Dozens gathered at a candlelight vigil to honor Wallace who was shot in the line of duty while trying to stop a suspect last night.

“I love him like the son but I know I’m the uncle and right now we are all grieving,” said uncle Uless Wallace.

Uless Wallace is not just an uncle but a former chief and mentor who encouraged Wallace to become a policeman.

Watch: Candlelight vigil held for fallen Helena-West Helena officer

Travis Wallace served for five years at the Helena West Helena Police department.

He is described as very motivated with the goal of becoming a police chief one day.

“I’d like for him to be remembered for who he was." said Uless Wallace. “A hero, a person who was helping people. I don’t mean a zero standing on the sideline we in the front lines of the action.”

The prayers, candles, flashing police lights and rows of officers were overwhelming for the family.

“Travis was so well-loved by so many people and this hurts. I can’t describe the pain that me and my family are going through,” said his sister Terica Wallace.

A family is grieving but remains proud of officer Wallace for protecting his community which is what he loved most.

“This was hard, this is hard but he was doing what he loved and that was protecting and serving and that gives us some solace,” said Terica Wallace.

The family told FOX13 Wallace was planning on celebrating his son’s 10th birthday next month.

The family plans on raising him while keeping his father’s memory alive.