Thousands of mourners packed New Life Church on Monday to honor slain Colorado Springs police Officer Jared Jensen. Among them was patrol Officer Lonnie McCarron (pictured), who attended police academy with Jensen.
Following the service, hundreds of mourners and onlookers lined the streets downtown to view a seemingly endless procession of flashing lights and intermittent sirens. The steady drone of a police helicopter that circled overhead drowned out quiet murmurs of awe at the motorcade's enormous size.
Law enforcement officers from as far away as Albuquerque, N.M., descended upon Colorado Springs to participate in the solemn tribute. Ambulances, fire trucks and vehicles from various city and government agencies also joined the cavalcade. Aspen, Lakewood, Pueblo ... one after another, the visiting emblems passed by. An occasional officer would give a slight wave of hand or nod from under dark glasses at the crowd. Some spectators held hats over their hearts, while others locked their hands in front of themselves and stood at attention.
As in all arenas where camaraderie forges close bonds and fellowship, Monday's parade demonstrated the close-knit fraternity of police officers and those who serve the public. There is no doubt, they take care of their own.
photo by Collan Fitzpatrick