INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — For the thousands of people mourning the loss of IMPD Officer Perry Renn, Friday was a day to remember the man who brought so much good to his community.
Family, friends, elected officials, and members of the law enforcement community took their seats at Bankers Life Fieldhouse for a final tribute to Officer Renn. He was killed in a shootout last weekend.
Many people knew Renn as an officer, but others knew him as a friend. Sabrina Young was one of those people.
She spoke of Renn’s passion for animals. Days prior, Young had recalled how Renn would help clear neighborhood driveways in the winter and bring in people’s trash cans. She also noted how Renn would park his squad car in the driveway to make residents feel safe.
“He took care of us every single day,” Young said.
Young read letters from Officer Renn’s family members. Quoting Renn’s sister, she read, “I will miss my brother dearly but will try to find comfort in knowing that while he was with us he made a true difference in the world.”
Fellow Officer Jeff Krider shared some of his memories of Officer Renn, at times bringing smiles and laughs to the faces of those at the service.
“He could be a pain in the butt,” Krider said with a smile, “but he had the biggest heart.”
After recalling fond memories, Officer Krider thanked Officer Renn’s family.
“Thank you for sharing your son and husband with us. For me, his friendship was a blessing and a privilege,” he said.
Gov. Mike Pence was among those who spoke earlier in the service.
“Officer Renn died a hero, but more importantly, he lived a hero,” Pence said. “Indiana will never, never forget the life and work of Officer Perry Renn.”
Sen. Joe Donnelly spoke of Officer Renn’s impact.
“He offered his life when he served our country, and he offered his life when he served our city,” Donnelly said. “He made our nation a better place, he made our state a better place and he made our city a better place.”
Fifty-nine of IMPD’s new recruits were present at Friday’s service. Director of Public Safety Troy Riggs addressed them, challenging them to use Officer Renn as an example in their careers.
In his tribute to Officer Renn, Chief Rick Hite made a vow to the city — to make Indianapolis a safer place. He also spoke of Officer Renn’s mark on the community.
“Let us be clear, this is the beginning, not the end, of his legacy,” Hite said.
Following the service at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Officer Perry Renn will be laid to rest in the Heroes of Public Safety section at Crown Hill Cemetery.