WEST VALLEY CITY — People by the hundreds lined up along State Street in South Salt Lake to pay their respects to fallen South Salt Lake Officer David Romrell.
As the procession exited I-80 onto State Street, it was greeted by students from Woodrow Wilson Elementary School. Some of them had never seen an officer’s procession before. But, third-grader Addison Bean was proud to be out there with her classmates.
“It’s important to support police officers because they do a lot of stuff for us,” she says.
For students like Jasmin Gomez, this was much more than a chance to get out of class.
She says, “I think it’s helpful. I think it’s good to see the police department.”
As the kids were smiling and waving their flags at the cars in the procession, people inside the limousines rolled down their windows to wave and smile back.
Among the others saying goodbye to Romrell were Nancy Macias and John Clayton. They knew Romrell after he was called to their apartment to handle an emergency. Macias says her son was “mixed-up with bad people” and
“He told him, ‘Hey, your mom really cares about you. You need to think about where you’re headed.’ My son really took it to heart,” Macias says.
Clayton says Romrell made the neighborhood safer, just by being around.
“He would just do a drive around the apartment complex to make sure everything was OK and make sure there was nothing bad happening,” he says.
Law enforcement agencies around Utah and the nation sent representatives to the Romrell’s funeral to pay tribute as well to the fallen officer on Wednesday.
Many agencies and Utah leaders expressed their feelings on Twitter.
— Chief Mike Brown (@ChiefMikeBrown) December 5, 2018
Another sad day as we pay tribute to fallen Officer David Romrell. As we met with his sweet wife and infant son this morning, we were again reminded of the deep sacrifice our first responders and their families give to serve and protect us. Utah mourns with them today.🇺🇸🙏🏼❤️ pic.twitter.com/lBMx0QtEnm
— Spencer Cox (@SpencerJCox) December 5, 2018
— Sean Reyes (@SeanReyesUT) December 5, 2018
Today we honor South Salt Lake Officer Romrell. Members of the @ClearfieldPD Honor Guard are attending the services. Please take a moment to reflect and honor Officer Romrell and his family including the South Salt Lake Police Department. #OfficerRomrell #UtahsFallen pic.twitter.com/u7boI3QmnS
— Clearfield PD, Utah (@ClearfieldPD) December 5, 2018
It is with great pride that Nampa Officers Stu Hobson & John Parsons pay tribute to fallen South Salt Lake Police Officer David Romrell as part of the Honor Guard Detail for his funeral today. #6L50 #Valor #Service #OfficerDavidRomrell #HonorAHero #SomeGaveAll #LODD pic.twitter.com/MluP0KeQh8
— Nampa PD (@NampaPolice1) December 5, 2018
Watching our City support law enforcement has been an amazing sight. Employees from many departments have seen to it that Officer Romrell’s service is recognized and sacrifice honored. Our Davis Drive… https://t.co/IlFN1UYiuJ
— Mayor Cherie Wood (@mayorcheriewood) December 4, 2018
1/3 This week, we prepare to honor @southsaltlake Police Officer David Romrell, who died in the line of duty on 11.24.2018. We love our first responder community and when you hurt, we hurt. #LODD #OfficerRomrell pic.twitter.com/ATfDGLdDjU
— Utah Emergency Mgmt (@UtahEmergency) December 4, 2018
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Officer Romrell today. Thank you for your service.
— Park City Fire (@PCFireDistrict) December 5, 2018
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