Preparations underway for IMPD officer funeral

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – With hundreds expected to attend Officer Perry Renn’s visitation and funeral, preparations are underway.

The area dedicated to ‘Heroes of Public Safety’ is the focus at Crown Hill Cemetery this week. Officers David Moore and Rod Bradway are memorialized next to each other there, and now Officer Perry Renn will join them nearby.

“It’s a huge undertaking,” Crown Hill President Keith Norwalk said. “We will have many, many people here who are here for that recognition and to pay those respects.”

Norwalk oversees the preparation process and says there’s something different when it comes to remembering a public servant.

“It resonates differently for the entire community and to have a loss of a public safety officer, it’s horrific,” Norwalk said.

IMPD says each officer funeral is unique. Officer Perry Renn was not just a police officer, he was also a 10-year Army veteran. In honor of that, the Garrison flag will be posted at IMPD’s North District. We’ve also learned Wednesday that the casket will be closed during all of the services.

To show support for Officer Renn, his family is asking for a presence along the procession route Friday.

“We try to put a lot of individual imprint on that individual’s home-going,” IMPD Officer Christopher Wilburn said.

He’s part of the honor guard that will take part in Officer Renn’s funeral.

“It’s the last act that we as an agency and multiple agencies can do to honor Officer Renn,” Wilburn said. “We’re broken, but this is the best thing we can to honor him at this point.”

And those behind the funeral planning, say they’re proud to play a part in recognizing Officer Renn’s extraordinary service.

“I’m very grateful that we accomplished this project and that we’re able to continuously serve the community,” Norwalk said.

“And give this final tribute deserving of a hero,” Wilburn said.

The Heroes of Public Safety area in Crown Hill Cemetery is not just for those killed in the line of duty or police officers. It’s dedicated to fire fighters, DNR officers, anyone who serves the community. It is also open to the public, so anyone can come here anytime to pay their respects to those public servants who have pass away.

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