Community members near and far honor fallen officer

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) – The Indianapolis police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty last weekend was laid to rest Friday. As the law enforcement community, family, and an entire city said goodbye to Officer Perry Renn, so did a local law enforcement officer as well as a local funeral operator.

Thousands lined the streets of Indianapolis Friday as a procession of law enforcement officers and family members follow IMPD Officer Perry Renn’s casket to Crown Hill Cemetery. Renn was killed in a shootout Saturday night.

“It’s an honor for us to be able to come in and help them pay the respects to the family and to show our respect to the department for what they’re going through,” said West Lafayette Police Officer Nancee Hetrick.

Hetrick was in Indianapolis to lay Officer Renn to rest. She’s been there all week to assist IMPD as part of the critical incident/memorial team through the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police.

“We go in and help the departments with having critical incident stress management people come in to do some diffusing and debriefings and make sure that everybody’s okay. And then we help them organize all the honors. We like to go in and take that burden off of them,” said Hetrick.

While Hetrick helped with the services, Ryan M. Shelley from Lafayette’s Fisher Funeral Chapel was there as well. He rode in the procession with the wife of an IMPD officer. Shelley said his experience Friday afternoon was one he’ll never forget.

“The streets that were lined during the procession, the signs that people held, you know, saying ‘Thank you, Officer Renn.’ ‘Thank you, IMPD.’ “Thank you for your service.’ The flags, you know, that was something that was very touching to me,” said Shelley.

The critical incident/memorial team also helped during Monday’s funeral in Flora with the death of Tipton County Deputy Jacob Calvin. Hetrick’s now heading to Gary to help with this coming Monday’s funeral for Officer Jeffrey Westerfield who was killed Sunday.

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