INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Family, friends, members of the law enforcement community and the city prepared to say goodbye to a hero on Friday.
Services for Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn are scheduled to begin at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 11 a.m. Officer Renn was killed in a shootout last weekend.
More than 1,000 people are expected Friday for the final tribute to the city’s fallen hero. Officer Renn has been remembered as a loving husband, caring neighbor and dedicate servant to Indianapolis.
In his 22-year career with the IMPD, Officer Renn patrolled the streets. A family friend said Officer Renn would be asked from time to time whether he would become a supervisor or higher rank within the department. His answer: I’m a patrol officer and that’s what I always want to be.
“He worked a very difficult part of the city,” said Rick Snyder of the Fraternal Order of Police at visitation services on Thursday. “[He] stayed there for more time than most people work in a career. He didn’t leave, he didn’t back away, he didn’t give up.”
Members of the public started taking their seats at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., elected officials, family members, and police will begin filing by. Once everyone is seated, the funeral itself will begin.
After the service, the funeral procession will make its way to Crown Hill Cemetery where Officer Renn will be laid to rest in the Heroes of Public Safety section. Police Chief Rick Hite says a hero is exactly who Officer Renn was.
He says this officer leaves a void in the department and the city, but also a legacy.
IMPD Lieutenant Christopher Bailey said Friday morning that the department is thankful for how the community has supported their family.
“Indianapolis has always wrapped their arms around the police department during these times of tragic situations. Today’s no different,” Lt. Bailey said.
If you’d like to follow events surrounding Officer Perry Renn’s funeral, IMPD will be using the hashtag # on social media.