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Pastor, army veteran killed as he crossed the highway to help the daughter who ran out of gas



A beloved pastor and a veteran of the US Army was killed on a highway in Indiana trying to help his daughter, who had no fuel on Friday morning.

Earl L. Gresham, 73, attempted to cross the six lanes of I-65 to reach the Indiana State Police soldiers, who were waiting with his daughter on the north shoulder of the highway at four o'clock in the morning when he left two cars was hit.

Gresham was the longtime preacher at the Faith and Love Church in New Albany, Indiana. He founded the church about 35 years ago.

"My husband was just a really good man," said Cynthia Gresham, 66, opposite the Indy Star. "He would help anyone, no matter what time they called, he would try to help them."

Police say Gresham made it across the highway's three south-facing streets and averaged to reach his daughter, but he was hit by a Toyota Camry crossing the north-facing lanes. He was then hit by a tractor trailer.

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The Toyota Camry was "badly damaged" in the accident, according to police, but the driver was unhurt. Although they will conduct an investigation, they said at the time that there was no evidence to charge one of the drivers.

Gresham served in the US Army from 1

965 to 1967, during which time he was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. Apart from those two years, he lived his whole life in New Albany, Indiana. He was raised with his six brothers and four sisters, and he and his wife Cynthia had three children and seven grandchildren.

"He even picked up his grandchildren every Sunday to take them to church and everything," said Cynthia Gresham. "I just can not get over it."

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According to Cynthia, Gresham's eldest brother died last week and the pastor presided over his brother's funeral.

Tributes have already begun to spend Gresham, a staple of the small, rural community, on social media.

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"Faith and Love Church lost a saint last night, but Brother Earl earned his wings," the New Albany-based writer wrote Resident Jeff Hardin on Facebook. "Fly up, we'll take it from here, one of the best clergy who ever lived."


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