INDIANAPOLIS - On Friday, the state of Indiana paused to honor a man who died serving his community.
"Officer Renn recognized the threat and evoked his training. He recognized the threat to himself and the officer next to him and an unarmed female next to the armed subject. Officer Renn fought the good fight," said IMPD Police Chief Rick Hite during Renn's funeral at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. "Officer Renn bravely entered the unknown, committed and unafraid."
A day rich in tradition - 2300 people honored Officer Perry Renn during his funeral at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Many of guests were wearing a uniform.
"Heroes gives us hope, and Officer Perry Renn was a hero," said Governor Mike Pence during his remarks.
A hero to many and a neighbor and friend to those that knew him best. Former IMPD partner Jeff Krider was also a pallbearer and shared his memories during the funeral.
"For me it was the little things that I remember the most. It was sharing a pizza proped between the car doors at 1AM. Or watching him feed every stray dog or cat or fox that crossed his path despite my warnings he was going to get bite or get rabies. The way he constantly cheated at words with friends and acted like I didn't know," said Krider.
Holding hand-made signs and waving American flags, the community came out to show their patriotism and support. The procession rolled by North District headquarters where Renn served. The posters and cards on Renn's squad care will eventually be given to his family.
"I had to pay my respects to the fallen officer, he showed up I was the victim of a shooting in 2006 and he was one of the responding officers as he also testified at my case so I just came to teach my daughter and pay our respects that the police are here to help us," said mourner Alisha Kimons.
Bagpipes welcomed Officer Perry Renn to Crown Hill Cemetery. At the end of the service, the American flag was presented to his widow.
A 21-gun salute for the military veteran who served his country and his city.
"Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn, Adam 572 is now 10-42. He has gone home to rest for the final time."