GALVESTON — Hundreds of police officers from Galveston County, joined by officers from across the state, stood guard and paid tribute to Jamaica Beach Police Chief Andy McLane, who died over the weekend after a battle against pancreatic cancer.

McLane was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last summer, the same disease that took his father’s life.

With his daughter Ashley; mother, Elizabeth; brothers David and John; and girlfriend, Clara Arevalo, surrounded by officers from near and far as well as judges and elected officials, McLane was buried at Galveston Memorial Park Cemetery in Hitchcock after funeral services at First Lutheran Church.

McLane, 49, was chief of police in Jamaica Beach since 2008 after retiring from the Galveston Police Department. He took over the Jamaica Beach department just weeks before Hurricane Ike made landfall.

In McLane’s early years, he worked as an officer in Santa Fe and Jamaica Beach. He spent most of his law enforcement career patrolling the streets of Galveston where he rose to the rank of sergeant.

McLane was remembered as a kindhearted man who was always looking for ways to help people. He was also remembered for a broad smile and a wicked sense of humor.

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