GARDENDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — Fallen Kimberly Police Officer Nick O’Rear was laid to rest Monday as many gathered to remember and honor him after he was killed in the line of duty last week.
Family members, friends and members of law enforcement all spoke at the funeral, offering their condolences.
“I’ve always heard about the thin blue line. But I never understood it until this happened. It is an amazing brotherhood,” family member Dewayne Terpo said. “I thank each and every one of you for your service.”
“Although we aren’t connected by blood, we are a family bonded by love, loss, and a commitment to something greater than ourselves,” Kimberly Fire Captain Robert Mashburn said. “Nick O’Rear was an integral part of that bond.”
Officer O’Rear was laid to rest at Jefferson Memorial Gardens after the procession.
Funeral arrangements were announced Tuesday for a Kimberly Police officer who died in the line of duty on Tuesday.
WATCH: The casket of Officer Nick O’Rear, accompanied by a police procession, arrives at Gardendale First Baptist Church
Officer Nick O’Rear, 33, was fatally shot during a police chase Tuesday night on Interstate 65 in North Jefferson County. He was a father of two, with a third on the way. He had served with the Kimberly Police Department for a year.
The fallen officer’s visitation took place Monday, Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Gardendale First Baptist Church. His celebration of life service followed immediately after at the same location. He was laid to rest at Jefferson Memorial Gardens at 3 p.m. that day.
Flags were lowered across the state in honor of Officer O’Rear on Monday, as per Governor Ivey’s order issued Friday.
The suspect in O’Rear’s shooting death, Preston Cheyenne Johnson, 37, is facing capital murder charges. He is being held in the Jefferson County Jail on no bond.
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