Christopher Cole, one of Workman's friends, also spoke during the ceremony and fought back tears while reading a statement.
"At one time I thought I wanted to be a State Police trooper because I saw how much Eric loved it," Cole said. "Now I don't know what I want to be when I grow up, but I know I want to be like Eric."
Workman graduated from the State Police Academy in August 2011. He initially wanted to be an officer with the Division of Natural Resources but opted instead to become a trooper.
Many spoke during the service about Workman's love for the outdoors. Charleston Pastor Mike Long, of Springfork Missionary Baptist, and State Police Chaplain Cpl. Jim Mitchell each shared stories of Workman's famed deer kills and big fishing hauls.
Col. Smithers said he met Workman last year when Workman was a cadet in the academy after hearing about his skills in fishing for muskellunge.
Smithers said he'd hoped Workman would teach him how to fish like that on the Elk River.
"Unfortunately I'll never get that chance," Smithers said solemnly. "But I have no doubt Eric is now somewhere fishing for muskie every single day."
Bagpipers from Pittsburgh played a funeral march as troopers presented a folded American flag to Workman's parents. The troopers then carried his casket to a hearse nearby and a funeral procession of about 50 police cruisers, ambulances and fire trucks escorted him to his final resting place in Clay County.
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