INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Officer Perry Renn’s death has had a ripple effect throughout the community. In one area he made a noticeable impact was one where it’s critical to be a compassionate and thorough officer.
It may be impossible to find anyone who has a bad thing to say about Officer Renn. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Friends, family, neighbors and colleagues are singing his praises. And those who work with domestic violence victims have some powerful positives to tell. They say he’s been saving lives for years.
“He was just such a valuable member of IMPD. I don’t think that he’s replaceable,” said attorney Rae Feller.
Rae Feller started her professional career working for the Marion County Prosecutor’s office. She worked often with Officer Renn and says she could always count on him to do his very best.
“He would also routinely go back to the home where he initially did the report and talk to the alleged victims and make sure that they were going to be in court,” she said.
“That’s absolutely not required.”
His attention to these victims was recognized throughout the domestic violence community.
“It’s a huge loss for the community. There’s some 21,000 families every year who are directly affected by domestic violence,” said Catherine O’Connor, Julian Center Executive Director .
O’Connor says Officer Renn is an immeasurable loss to the community.
“So, this is one less champion out in the community to take up that cause,” said O’Connor.
Attorneys say his work was impeccable.
“He was extremely reliable, full of integrity,” said Feller.
Advocates and domestic violence victims say they knew they could trust him.
“He saved lives. He changed lives. He got people out of situations that were harmful for them and then in the end gave the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of our community,” said O’Connor.
Office Renn was honored for bravery and decorated for visible accomplishments. But, it seems it was his 22 years of unrecognized acts that may have had the biggest impact.