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Among those who lost their lives in the King Soopers store massacre in Boulder, Colorado, which happened on Monday, was a brave police officer who left a loving wife and seven children behind.

Officer Eric Talley was serving the force for 11 years and was known as a courageous man. He showed that once again on the day he tragically died. According to reports, he was the first one to respond to the call about possible armed robbery of the store.

His family and friends, among which his father and sister, describe 51-year-old Talley as a very vibrant person loved by everyone who has ever met him. Speaking to KUSA, a CNN affiliate, the grieving father, Homer Talley, said: “Didn’t surprise me he was the first one there. He loved his family more than anything. He was also a prankster with a “great sense of humor.”

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold spoke of the brave act by officer Talley and said he was always ready to respond to any call saying his death was a huge loss not only to the family but the department as well.

In order to help officer Talley’s family, a GoFundMe page has been set up. So far, more than 10,000 people donated.

Rest in peace, Officer Talley. You died a hero and your bravery will never be forgotten.

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