Thousands honor fallen Colorado Springs officer
Updated On: Aug 01 2012 05:03:31 PM CDT
Thousands of people came together Tuesday to honor fallen Colorado Springs police officer Matthew Tyner.
Tyner was killed in a motorcycle accident while performing his duties last week. The crash is still under investigation.
New Life Church was packed for a memorial service, where those who loved Tyner and total strangers gathered to say goodbye.
"I can tell you, last week we were all numb when we responded to the traffic crash and later to the hospital where Matt was pronounced dead," said Colorado Springs Police Chief Pete Carey. "We're still numb."
"We are all truly better because of you, Matt, and we love you," said CSPD Officer Mike Singles.
Tyner was remembered as being passionate about his police work, but also an outdoorsman who loved adventure.
"Matt's mom told me Matt spent his entire life working on his bucket list of things to try or do," said Carey.
After the funeral, a procession of at least 200 vehicles made its way down Interstate-25 South. The roadway was blocked so public safety officials from all over the state and beyond could make their way to the Police Operations Center on Nevada Avenue.
Motorists stopped to honor Tyner on the interstate, and dozens more paid tribute near the POC.
"What he got here he deserved and more," said Patricia Lightfoot, who watched the procession. "So, what I say to him is, 'Rest In Peace.'"
"It's encouraging to see the community come together," said Adrienne Ryland, who knew Tyner. "It's been a tough summer, and this is a great way to come together yet again and honor a great life."
Colorado Springs firefighters erected a huge flag above Nevada Avenue, and lined up to salute the procession. Lt. Jeff Loveless said Tyner death affected the entire public safety community and firefighters wanted to pay respects to their "fellow brother in blue."
"It's a somber occasion and it's something we, as public safety, face everyday," said Colorado Springs Fire Lt. Jeff Loveless. "Unfortunately, sometimes we don't come home."
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