People line processional route to pay respects to Officer Renn

People gather along processional route to pay respects to officer Perry Renn
People gather along processional route to pay respects to officer Perry Renn

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) —  Along the procession route for Officer Perry Renn — from Bankers Life Fieldhouse to Crown Hill Cemetery — people lined up waiting to pay their respects Friday afternoon.

Near 14th and Delaware streets as police cars started the procession there was silence on the street. In silence there is reverence, respect, and gratitude.

“It means a lot to them. To see how many people really do support them, it means a lot,” said Juanita Hofmeister.

The Hofmeister family came to show their support with signs reading, “God Bless IMPD” and “Thank you IMPD.”

Their dad is a police officer. He worked with Officer Jake Laird, who gave his life in the line of duty. They named their son Jake after him.

“It’s a hero’s name,” explains 9-year-old Jake.

For many, the procession is a time to teach their kids about the officers and their sacrifice.

“Every day, they know there are people putting their life on the line to protect them,” said Hallie Himes, who brought her three young children to stand along the processional route.

Thank you’s were also echoed on Sherman, near 34th Street. It’s close to the spot where Officer Renn gave the ultimate sacrifice.

“I’m here today to pay my respects,” said a neighbor. “He will always be remembered — even though he’s gone — and loved by the people he came to protect in the neighborhood.”

A long stream of cars with officers drove by and then, finally, the hearse carrying Officer Renn took him to his final resting place.

“God bless the police officers,” said 4-year-old Prestin. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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