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Family, friends, and 500 officers say goodbye to fallen comrade

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ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

They came from near and far to show their support for officer Jamie Buenting, shot and killed during a standoff In Rockwell City, Iowa.

"Our hearts are saddened by the loss of Jamie.  He's touched the lives and hearts of so many people.  I'm very blessed to be able to call him brother and friend," said Rockwell City Police Chief Larry Schoop.

While some at Tuesday's funeral had known him for years, others who also wear the badge, are making sure his sacrifice is not forgotten.

Hundreds of law enforcement vehicles lined the streets of Rockwell City, an overwhelming show of support for a fellow officer that's fallen.

While many lost a colleague, 37-year old Jamie Buenting, a Pocahontas, Iowa native was also a husband and a father, lost in a senseless crime.

"You can't put into words who Jamie Buenting was," said his friend Kyle Oswald.

A devoted dad, a humble husband, a man who gave up his life to serve and protect his community, is how many described Buenting.

Jamie's wife Mandy read a poem during the funeral.

It read in part, "My dearest husband, there are some things that I must say, in case I didn't tell you, as you left my world today. "Forever, I should be so proud of what you did that day.  To protect and serve and give your all in the most courageous way."

Flags waved in the misty air, around a small town swollen with thousands of mourners, many in uniform.

"We've all lost a brother today. The community's lost a great officer," said Corporal John Davis, a member of the Iowa Honor Guard, and a graduate of the same police academy class as Buenting.

An officer whose riches were not measured by money, a friend said, but by the life he lived, and the company he kept.

"It's a challenge that he's left behind for all of us to live up to the man that he was," said Oswald.

A life cut short.

The most emotional moment of the funeral came when Buenting's young daughter addressed the mourners.

"Thank you lord for taking care of my daddy. He was the best daddy ever. Make sure he gets the best place in heaven. I love you daddy," Kalie said.

 

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