Funeral held for Clermont police officer killed in motorcycle crash

The funeral for Clermont police Officer Robert Sayers at Celebration Praise Church is over and a large contingent of law-enforcement officers will lead a procession to Oakhill Cemetery, where Sayers will be buried.

Sayers was killed Sept. 9 after crashing his motorcycle while returning to his home in Spring Hill.

A reception will be held later at Jenkins Auditorium, 691 W. Montrose St.

Sayers, 39, who lived with his wife, Sarah, and two young boys, was driving home from work, heading west on State Road 50 at about 4:30 pm Sept. 16 on his 2006 Triumph motorcycle when the crash occurred. A 2004 Volkswagen Golf in front of Sayers stopped behind a school bus at a sharp bend of the road near County Road 757, according to the Florida Highway Patrol. Sayers’ motorcycle then struck the rear of the Volkswagen.

The driver of the Golf had minor injuries.

Sayers was a two-year veteran of the department, hired in July 2007 straight out of the police academy. A native of Great Britain, Sayers lived in southern England before moving to the United States in 1998, police said.

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