End of Watch: Community bids farewell to Lt. “Bull” Durham

Published 3:59 pm Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A loving and devoted husband, stepfather, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend. A warrior. A teddy bear. An honorable leader. A man of his word. A heart of gold. A gentle giant.

Those are just some of the expressions which have been used to describe Lt. Brian “Bull” Durham.

On Tuesday morning, members of the community and representatives from law enforcement and first responder agencies from around the area gathered to say farewell to Durham.

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Durham served as a patrol commander at the Carter County Sheriff’s Office. He had been with the agency for 14 years and served in a number of different roles including patrol, corrections, and as a member of the S.W.A.T. Team.

In addition to his work with the Sheriff’s Office, Durham also served his community as a volunteer firefighter and chief engineer with the Sullivan County East Volunteer Fire Department in Bluff City.

Around 140 police cruisers, fire trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles took part in the funeral procession that led Durham from Tetrick Funeral Home to his final resting place at Morning View Cemetery in Bluff City. His body was transported atop the fire engine for Sullivan County East Volunteer Fire Department.