MUSTANG — When Sgt. Mycal L. Prince wasn't serving his country in the Oklahoma National Guard, he was serving his community as a police officer in Minco.
That service was evident Monday as dozens of police officers and military members from across the state gathered with Prince's friends and family to honor him at a memorial service at The Bridge Assembly of God.
Prince, 28, died Sept. 15 in Afghanistan when his unit was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire.
Prince was the 11th member of the Guard's 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team to die in Afghanistan since July 29.
“Mycal Prince was a soldier. He wasn't looking for glory or fame. He was simply willing and ready when his country called,” said Capt. Jeremy Dunn, an Army chaplain who officiated the service Monday.
The deployment was Prince's third, and he was a respected leader in his company. Friends said he exemplified leadership to younger soldiers.
Prince served as a police officer in Alex for three years before he and his wife, Surana, moved to Minco in 2009.
On the Minco police force, Prince was a K-9 officer who helped fight the drug trade.
Hundreds held signs
Fellow officers and deputies from law enforcement agencies across the state attended the ceremony, and Prince's K-9 partner, Bayca, also was there.
Hundreds lined the road outside the funeral holding signs thanking Prince for his service and waving American flags.
Dunn said being a police officer fit with the mentality Prince developed as a soldier, willing to give everything for his country and his neighbors.
“He was a true servant to his community,” Dunn said.
“Mycal wasn't content to stand on the sidelines. He was a doer, and he was always looking for ways to make a difference in someone's life.”
Friends spoke Monday about hunting trips and the look in Prince's eyes when he talked about his wife and two daughters. Slide show tributes illustrated those stories with photos of a proud Prince holding his two girls.
“Mycal Prince left his home, his wife and daughters and gave his life to create a better life for people he didn't even know,” Dunn said. “That's a hero in my book.”