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.