(INDIANAPOLIS)–Law enforcement agencies from across the state are focused on saying goodbye to one of their own. Officer Perry Renn lost his life in the line of duty while responding to a call of shots fired in an alley near the intersection of 34th and Forrest Manor.
Renn’s visitation is Thursday and his funeral Friday. The final arrangements are still in the works, but the protocol is an unbending tradition.
“You try not to think about what happened you just focus on the mission and make you sure you do the best job possible for the family,” said Lt. Don Weilhammer, IMPD Chief’s Honor Guard Commander.
The mission ahead for Lt. Weilhammer is sending off Perry Renn a hero. He says the goal is to respect his families’ wishes and his work as an officer.
Renn not only protected the streets of Indianapolis as an officer, but he also served our country in the military. Therefore, the Indiana National Guard will also honor Renn during the Funeral at Crown Hill Cemetery.
“In this case the family has requested the military be more involved and they said that they would be more than happy to do so,” said Lt. Weilhammer
A gun salute will honor Perry for his sacrifice and a cason similar to the one seen in Officer Rod Bradway’s funeral will carry the casket.
The honor guard is also tasked with dressing Officer Renn.
“Many people probably don’t know this but one of the things our honor guard does is that we prepare Perry’s uniform,” said Lt. Weilhammer
Officer Renn’s family has requested a closed casket, however, the officer will wear the colors of the department he proudly served for more than 20 years.
“We will honor that but we still prepare the uniform and makes sure he is dressed in his uniform correctly,” said Lt. Weilhammer.
Officer Renn’s father said the viewing will be held at Crown Hill Funeral Home Thursday from 2-8 p.m. followed by a funeral at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 11 a.m. and a procession to Crown Hill Cemetery’s Heroes of Public Safety section Friday.