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Memorial service held for east Texas police academy instructor

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KILGORE, TEXAS (KYTX) Men and women in east Texas law enforcement say good-bye to a man who helped many of them begin their careers. Police academy instructor Les Ferguson died Tuesday in a motorcycle crash.

Les Ferguson had been an instructor at the east Texas police academy since 1990.  Monday's memorial service was held at Kilgore college.  Those who attended say it was filled with stories and memories from the officers Les once taught.

More than 1,000 of east Texas' finest came to pay their respects to Les Ferguson's family.  The day began with a procession through main street in Kilgore. The memorial service and 21 gun salute was held at Kilgore College.

Those who attended the service say Les made will forever be remembered for the impact he made on law enforcement in east Texas. "The law enforcement community lost a great instructor and a comrade," says Johnny Zackary with the Longview fire department.

"He gave 35 plus years in law enforcement and trained most of the officers. He was a friend of mine for 30 years. Les did a lot for the community. He was a great family man and great Christian," says Gregg county judge Bill Stoudt.

The crash that killed Ferguson remains under investigation. DPS troopers say it appears another vehicle veered into Ferguson's lane.  That driver wasn't hurt in the crash.

Troopers haven't determined who was at fault for the crash --and so far no citations or charges have been filed. DPS investigators say Ferguson was wearing his helmet.