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Neelyville, MO father speaks out after son killed in Jordan attack

(Source: Christy Creach Petty) (Source: Christy Creach Petty)
(Source: Christy Creach Petty) (Source: Christy Creach Petty)
(Source: Christy Creach Petty) (Source: Christy Creach Petty)
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One of two Americans killed in a shooting attack in a Jordan police training center on Monday, Nov. 9 was a Neelyville, Mo. native.

“He wasn’t the biggest, probably was the smallest, but he made up for it with heart, speed and determination," his dad Jerry Creach said.

He said his son was one of the toughest person he’s ever met.

“He’s the best friend you’ll have, the friend that’s the most fun to be with, but when it was time to train and do his job he was also the most intense," he said.

Damon was a law enforcement expert who trained both police officers and members of the military for Minnesota-based DECO Inc. Before that, he served as a police officer in Virginia Beach, Va. from 2003 to 2010.

Throughout his career, he traveled to Virginia, Florida and even helped with training overseas in Afghanistan.

That came to an end when a Jordanian man wearing a military uniform killed five people, including Creach, at a police training compound in Amman.

“I’m really not happy about losing him at the moment," Jerry Creach said emotionally. "So, as a Christian its kind of hard on me because I believe it, but I just didn’t want it to be today and not him.”

Christy Creach Petty, Creach's sister, said he graduated from Neelyville High School in 1991.

Many people lined the streets through the rain when Damon Creach's body arrived in Neelyville to show their respects.

“This is his home that’s why the love and outpouring of everybody lining the road, parking lot was full," he said. "That’s because everybody loved Damon.”

Damon leaves behind four children, a wife, two sisters and countless friends in Neelyville and in Florida. His dad said though he’s happy about the community support, the family is still coming to grips of losing a loved one.

“I’m happy, I’m very happy, but I’m reluctant to say I’m happy because I’m broken-hearted," he said. "Doing the best I can do.”

Visitation will be on Friday, Nov. 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church in Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Creach's funeral will be on Saturday, Nov. 21 at 11 a.m. at Fellowship with his burial to follow at Kinsey Cemetery.

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