Final Farewell to an Officer
by: Pat Hernandez, June 2, 2011 11:06:00 pm
Law enforcement officers from around state joined friends and family for the funeral service of Houston Police Officer Kevin Will at Champion Forest Baptist Church on Stuebnner Airline.
He was working an accident scene early Sunday morning when he was struck and killed by a car driven by an illegal immigrant who was allegedly drunk.
Jeff Richard, a sergeant assigned to the HPD Vehicular Crimes Division, delivered the eulogy. He was quick to say that like many in the room, he didn't really know the man who had joined the force just two years ago.
"I cannot say that I was Kevin's best friend, because none of us in Vehicular Crimes had the privilege of being able to work with him long enough. I can stand up here and tell you that he was a great guy and that he got along with everybody. But everybody that knew Kevin, knew that he was a great guy."
He talked about how Will took a cut in pay when he left the banking industry to follow his calling and become a Houston police officer in 2009. Richard says his uniform was always clean and pressed, and he always took notes in an effort to be a better cop.
"Kevin's last actions as a police officer explains everything about the police officer Kevin Will, hero. A true hero. He moved a citizen out of the path of danger before thinking about his own safety. He is totally an unselfish, self sacrificing hero. There are no words that I can come up that would describe him better, or more accurately."
Following the church service, law enforcement officers wearing black bands on their badges formed a "wall of blue" outside the church.
Will's badge number 7597 was retired and police Chief Charles McClelland presented his pregnant widow Alisha and his stepchildren with the American flag that had draped his coffin. He later told reporters that it was the most difficult task to perform as police chief.
"The men and women of HPD they're strong and Officer Kevin Will is certainly representative of HPD, who are heroes who think of themselves last, and they know that they're dedicated to keeping this city and the citizens safe. But he performed as expected, as any other Houston police officer, and willing to give up his life in the protection and safety of others."
The church service concluded with a flyover by police choppers, the playing of taps, and bagpipers playing Amazing Grace. An escort of police motorcycles lead the funeral procession to a private burial.