Police officers turned out in droves for the second time in three days to honor one of their fallen colleagues, this time Officer
"He was a great man, officer and an even better family man. Strong as an ox with a mind to match ... (Beck) helped me through many a tough time," said Metro Sgt.
"People asked if I'm angry," Bland said. "Right now, (I'm filled with) just an overhwhelming sadness and emptiness because I know I'll never see Al again in my lifetime."
Bland, however, looked beyond the tragic events that brought more than 2,400 people to the Smith Center.
"I've realized I don't want to focus on the events of that day but on the great man that he was and the great life he lived," Bland said.
Looking at Beck's casket, covered by an American Flag on
"He had two trumpeters serenade his would-be wife to propose to her; they played 'Love and Marriage.' Think about that one," Gillespie said.
He also talked about the bravery of his two fallen officers.
"Alyn and Igor would have sacrificed their lives for fellow officers as well as anyone in this community," he said.
Gillespie, still crushed by the unprecedented deaths of two Metro officers in one day, lamented the senseless murders of his patrol officers.
"People don't anymore much about evil, but it exists," the sheriff said.
He went on: "These two criminals took from all of us what they can never have. On that day they took two ... men who represented something good."
The evil of Sunday's shooting, though, did spark a tremendous amount of outpouring in the community. Gillespie told the story of a 5-year-old boy who donated
"Angel wings cost a lot of money," the boy said.
Gillespie hailed Beck and Soldo as heroes.
"We know nothing is lost forever. A hero's sacrifice is their legacy ... an officer who does his duty never dies in vain."
Family members were among the first to speak at the service.
Noting the numerous positions in Metro in which his brother served,,
"His wife was his greatest friend and cheerleader; he was an attentive and devoted father to his son and daughters."
"I wish I could say goodbye to you. I'll always be thinking of you. I 'll see you in heaven."
Avenlee assured her father they'd be reunited.
"I know I will see you again though because you were married in the temple. Don't worry, I'll take care of mommy for you ..."
"Alyn got it. He realized it wasn't about Alyn," Truman said. "He understood no other success could account for failure in the home."
Beck's body will be transported on Sunday by air to his native
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