Renn family travels to Gary to comfort another family

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by Eric Levy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (July 13, 2014) -- Fallen Gary Police officer Jeffrey Westerfield will be laid to rest Monday after he was gunned down one week ago.

His family received some comfort Sunday from the family of fallen Indianapolis Metropolitan police officer Perry Renn.

"His daughter had come down to ours Friday, and so we were wanting very much to come back up and show our respects for her dad," said David Renn.

Jeffrey Westerfield, a 19-year veteran of the Gary Police Department, was responding to a call for shots fired last Sunday morning. He was found shot inside his patrol car. Westerfield's family is dealing with a lot right now, losing anyone to violence is gut wrenching.

"I hope we don't see any more of these for a long, long time, if we ever see one again," Renn said. "I just pray for all the police, you know, they have a very dangerous job and they're great people."

That's another reason why Renn's family made the more than two-hour journey to Gary. After all, pain needs some comfort.

"She's a brave little lady, she's 20 years old or something like that, trying to keep her family together. So, she's going through some real hard times, I wish I could do more for her up here," Renn said.

Funeral services for Westerfield will be held Monday. IMPD chief Rick Hite, who grew up in Gary, will be one of the people from our area to attend the funeral.