Two Metro police officers travelled to Omaha, Nebraska, to attend the funeral of Mark Ferguson, the Good Samaritan who died on Interstate 40 last week.
Ferguson tragically lost his life on Nov. 14 when he and his brothers came upon a crash on I-40 in Hermitage. A suspected drunk driver was nowhere to be found, so Ferguson leapt over the interstate’s barrier to search for him, unaware it was a 100-foot drop into the Stones River below.
After swimming to the shore, Ferguson was met by his three brothers, first responders and police officers.
Among those Metro-Nashville police officers were Charles Large and Justin Chisholm.
They might not have known Ferguson, but the few short minutes they spent with him made an impact that will last a lifetime.
“There was still humor in the darkness; he was still thinking about others, even when he was dying,” Officer Chisholm told News 2.
“Even as he was slipping away, Mark was still concerned about whether we’d found the other driver and that all of us were okay, too,” he explained.
Chisholm and Large helped worked the scene that fateful night and were moved by Ferguson’s heroic actions.
“He didn’t take an oath; it wasn’t his job,” said Officer Chisholm. “He was doing it just because it’s what he felt was right and the end result was just tragic.”
“I think the longer we were there, the more we realized it was a special man, a special family,” Large recalled.
The two officers were so impacted by the situation and Ferguson himself that they drove roughly 11 hours to Omaha, Nebraska, Ferguson’s hometown, last Wednesday to attend his visitation.
They then stayed for his funeral service Thursday before returning to Nashville.
“We wanted to go and honor what he had done, that he’d sacrificed himself in order to help somebody else,” Chisholm explained.
Ferguson’s family was incredibly touched.
“I don’t think Officer Chisholm and I will ever understand what we did for that family by going up there,” said Officer Large.
And in return, the officers said Ferguson’s family will probably never understand the impact their son’s short time had on their own lives.
Ferguson is survived by his wife of two years, Amanda, and their infant daughter, Genevieve.
The Ferguson family has set up a fund to help Mark’s widow and daughter. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo banks under the name Genevieve Ferguson, or through PayPal to the email address email@example.com.