Thousands of people, including law enforcement officials and community members, paid their respects to Jason Moszer, a Fargo police officer shot and killed in a standoff earlier this month.
Fargo Chief of Police David Todd called Moszer a "cop's cop" as he spoke during the fallen officer's funeral Monday, saying he was committed to saving others, The Associated Press reports.
He will be remembered as warrior, hero, husband, father, son "and so much more," Rev. Kevin Kloster, a onetime Fargo police chaplain, said during the service, the AP notes.
As Moszer's casket was carried out of the arena, Bon Jovi's "Wanted: Dead or Alive" played.
Hundreds of squad cars lead procession
Hundreds of squad vehicles from several states and Canada led the 21-mile procession following the service.
The procession will wind through both Moorhead and Sabin, Minnesota – the town of 500 where Moszer lived – and will end at Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home, where a private service will be held.
WDAY is live streaming the funeral and procession, while the Fargo Forum has a live blog and photos from the procession. People are also tweeting photos and their condolences using the hashtag #RIPMoszer.
Moszer responded to a call about a domestic disturbance the evening of Feb. 10.
The situation developed into a standoff, with an armed suspect in a residence repeatedly firing shots at officers.
A neighbor called police to report an officer down in the alley. The officer, identified as Moszer, was recovered and brought to Sanford Hospital.
He suffered what was described as "not a survivable wound," and died the next day.
After a standoff that lasted hours the suspected shooter – 49-year-old Marcus Schumacher – was found dead.
Fargo and its police department have a goal of raising $100,000 for Moszer’s family, including his wife and children. To contribute to the fund, click here. Donations can also be made at Bell State Bank & Trust banks.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, the only other Fargo Police Officer to die in the line of duty is Frederick Alderman, who was fatally shot on July 5, 1882, while tracking a suspect.
Flags at half staff, blue lights lit
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed that flags in the state will fly at half staff on Monday in recognition of Moszer.
Before joining Fargo’s police force six years ago, Moszer served in the Minnesota National Guard as a combat medic, the governor’s office notes. He was deployed overseas twice – first to Bosnia in 2003-04, then to Iraq in 2006-07.
The Fargo Police Department has also encouraged people to show their support by putting up blue lights.
The Fargo Forum reports Sabin is dotted with ribbons and porch lights in that color, with City Councilmember Tom Berglind telling the newspaper: “Everyone’s sad and upset over what happened, but it’s amazing how the community has pulled together.”
The lights have been so popular, the department ran out multiple times last week.