CHESTER, IL (KTVI) - It was an emotional day in Chester Illinois as family and friends said their final goodbyes to a fallen police officer killed in the line of duty. Officer James Brockmeyer, 22, died last Friday night in a crash while pursuing a driver who refused to pull over for a traffic stop.
Hundreds paid tribute to Officer James Brockmeyer as the funeral was held at Chester High School, where the fallen officer graduated. A police cruiser sits in front of the school in his honor. Family and friends say Brockmeyer had such a promising career ahead of him. it hurts when something like this happened.
The fallen officer's parents gave a heartwarming tribute to their son as they stood side by side next to his casket draped with an American flag.
"Watching you choose your career was a true joy to us. Your passion and dedication to be the best at everything you set your mind too." said Dixie Brockmeyer.
People in the small town of Chester Illinois paid tribute to officer Brockmeyer by posting blue ribbons American flags to honor someone they say they loved dearly.
"We want to show respect for the officer. He was always part of the community. He was a great friend to everyone." said Kolton Jany.
Hundreds mourned Brockmeyer, including his grieving fiancee, who knew him since she was 5-years-old.
"The nightmare we have all lived through this week is unbearable for me. The thought of never hearing his key turn the lock in the back door at 11pm at the end of his shift haunts me the most." said fiancee Lauren Hoops.
Officers from around the state attended the service as the was escorted the officer's body to his final resting Brockmeyer's funeral procession was 28 miles long.