Funerals For Slain West Memphis Police Officers

Funerals For Slain West Memphis Police Officers

Those attending the funeral of a West Memphis police officer who was killed in the line of duty were told that the officer lived his life by the law enforcement code "to protect and serve."
Van driven by shooting suspects with Ohio license plate
Van driven by shooting suspects with Ohio license plate
WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) - Those attending the funeral of a West Memphis police officer who was killed in the line of duty were told that the officer lived his life by the law enforcement code "to protect and serve."

Hundreds crowded into the West Memphis High School gymnasium Monday morning for the funeral of Officer Brandon Paudert. Paudert and fellow Officer Bill Evans were killed during a shootout along Interstate 40 on Thursday.

Police Chaplain Billy Beech says Paudert not only lived by that code, but he did so with passion.

Beech also told mourners that the family was grateful for all the hugs, cards and phone calls they had received, and that more of that support would be needed in the coming days.

A funeral for Evans is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Monday.


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