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Video: Thousands Attend Memorial for Slain Phoenix Officer

March 10, 2014  | 

VIDEO: Thousands Attend Memorial for Slain Phoenix Officer

More than 3,000 mourners packed the Christ Church of the Valley in Peoria, Ariz., to honor Phoenix Det. John Hobbs, including police officers and elected officials from throughout the state.

Hobbs was shot and killed by murder suspect William Ray Thornton last Monday afternoon. The suspect also shot and wounded Det. Albert Casados. Thornton was killed in the shootout.

Phoenix Police Chief Daniel V. Garcia said the mourners had come to remember a man whose passions included his friends, his family and most of all, his work with Phoenix police.

“John loves to hunt down criminals,” Garcia said. “John knew that if a person could find his passion he could make a difference.”

Hobbs’ interment was scheduled later Monday afternoon at Phoenix Memorial Park, the Arizona Republic reports.

As the procession followed the 10-mile route from the church to the graveside service, supporters hung signs from freeway overpasses that read “hero” and fire trucks were stopped along the route with firefighters holding American flags.

Officers attending the memorial came from as far away as Newark and Chicago.

 

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John @ 3/10/2014 4:34 PM

Would that our combat veterans received the same honors with soldiers paid on the clock to attend their funerals/memorials.

Retired Chief @ 3/10/2014 4:55 PM

John I'm not sure if that was intended as a criticism of cop funerals or not. Unfortunately I have been to over 2 dozen cop funerals. Most of the time I, and most of the officers attending, were on our own time. I have also been to some military funerals that were well attended by on duty military personnel. Frankly, and I am a taxpayer too, it doesn't bother me one bit to see on duty paid LEO's or military at funerals. It is about respect for the deceased and there is no dollar value attached to that.

Retired Chief @ 3/10/2014 4:55 PM

John I'm not sure if that was intended as a criticism of cop funerals or not. Unfortunately I have been to over 2 dozen cop funerals. Most of the time I, and most of the officers attending, were on our own time. I have also been to some military funerals that were well attended by on duty military personnel. Frankly, and I am a taxpayer too, it doesn't bother me one bit to see on duty paid LEO's or military at funerals. It is about respect for the deceased and there is no dollar value attached to that.

CAcop @ 3/10/2014 5:12 PM

Retired Chief said it nicely. I'm still employed and have been to countless police funerals as an honor guard. Many of the attendees go on their time. Maybe if you were LE you would realize that we work busy schedules and if we were on duty, and our departments could spare us, they may let us go. Many LE are also vets too, and we have always recognized ALL of their service to our country and community. I wish more citizens would have the time in their schedules to honor all fallen heros but don't critize LE just because we can often attend these tragic funerals for our fellow brothers and sisters.

Deputy JJ Golliday @ 3/16/2014 10:34 AM

I have been a Texas Peace Officer for 33 1/2 years. During that time I have been to numerous LEO funerals on my own time. I also have 29 years active and guard time in the military. If you can go, paid or not, do so. JJG

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