White Bluff police chief's son laid to rest - WKRN News 2

White Bluff police chief's son laid to rest

Caleb Holman died after being injured in a swimming accident on July 4. Caleb Holman died after being injured in a swimming accident on July 4.

The son of the White Bluff police chief was laid to rest Friday afternoon.

Seventeen-year-old Caleb Holman passed away earlier this week, after being injured in a swimming accident on July 4.

"You know he was a hero," said mother Becky Holman told Nashville's News 2.

Despite the tragedy, Becky said her son left this world giving the ultimate gift by donating organs to save at least three other lives.

"This is the one good thing that can come out of this tragedy," she said. "We know he's going to help someone. They're going to get to go home to their families and have more time with their families."

Caleb donated his skin for burn victims, kidneys, liver, corneas and bone marrow.

Becoming an organ donor was something Caleb's dad, Mike Holman, said he had talked about for awhile before he officially got his drivers license.

"I think he got the big message," said Mike. "I think he got the big picture that it's important, and if it came to the point where he was no longer here, it was a big deal. He wanted to give on."

Mike and Becky said they hope their son's story encourages others to make the same decision and sign up to be an organ donor.

At Taylor Funeral home in Dickson Friday morning, green bracelets filled a bowl with the inscription "Donate Life" on them.

"For us, it's a blessing," Mike told Nashville's News 2, "To know that he's living on through those other people and that they've been blessed with part of a good man."

Mike said Caleb had just gotten a job at a mechanics shop in White Bluff so he could save up enough money to rebuild the engine of his Jeep.

Caleb was also just one project away from becoming an Eagle Scout. He had planned to build benches for one of the parks in the community, as well as a decorative holder for trash cans.

His Boy Scout troop has plans to build the project for Caleb and name him an honorary Eagle Scout.

"He was always there," said Mike. "He was there for me, for his grandma and for the rest of this family, whatever we needed."

"We know where he's at," he added, "We know that he's at peace. It helps a little. It helps a lot."

For more information on how to become an organ donor, visit DonateLifeTN.org.

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