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Friends pay final tribute to county lawman Gardner By LORA BERNARD The Daily News GALVESTON — Friends recalled John R. Gardner, the first police chief of Jamaica Beach, as a strong, honest man who never met a stranger. "He never met a stranger," said the Rev. Paul Chovanec of St. Peter's The Apostle Catholic Church, who officiated at Gardner's funeral Wednesday afternoon. "He took their needs and tried to help them." Gardner, who was Dickinson's fire marshal and Jamaica Beach's first police chief, died Saturday evening at a seawall restaurant after suffering a heart attack. He was 57. Virtually every Galveston County law enforcement agency agency was represented among the standing-room-only crowd of mourners at the funeral. Gardner At one point, the burial procession procession to Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock stretched from the top of the causeway to the Galvez Mall.Gardner was remembered during a funeral Mass as a man who wanted to help people. "He lives on and and we can remember that in a simple way," Chovanec said. "You can say, 'I remember John Gardner and I want to do that the way he did it because the world's a better place for the way he did it.'" After the funeral, at least 100 law enforcement officers stood at attention around Gardner's casket. At the burial site, he was honored honored with a 21-gun salute by the Galveston Police Department. Seconds after the salute, he was called to duty for the last time by Dickinson police dispatcher dispatcher Lynn Carnley. 0811116/8 voice echoed through the cemetery as she said, This is the final call for Fire Marshal John Raymond Gardner Sr., employee of the city of Dickinson. May God be with you and your family."