INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis police Officer Perry Renn was remembered Friday as a hero, a man who served America in war and his city on the streets.
Gov. Mike Pence, Mayor Greg Ballard and Sen. Joe Donnelly were among speakers at Renn's funeral.
"Officer Perry Renn was a hero for the courage he showed that night in squaring his shoulders against deadly force to protect the community he loved," said Gov. Mike Pence.
"He offered his life when he served our country, and he offered his life when he served our city," Donnelly said.
Renn chose to protect one of the most dangerous areas of Indianapolis.
"Perry Renn chose his profession, chose his area of duty, and he chose to protect us," Ballard said.
"He took the toughest assignments. He didn't have to, but he did. We were all so lucky to have him in our presence," Donnelly said. "Everything Perry did was about serving others, serving our country, serving our city."
Marion County Public Safety Director Troy Riggs said Renn was selfless.
"There are some things in life more important than yourself. Officer Perry Renn's life exhibits this tenet," Riggs said.
"He chose to work in patrol to make a difference in the field. He was committed to making this city safer," said Indianapolis Metro Police Chief Rick Hite.
IMPD Jeff Krider said Renn left an imprint on him.
"Perry had high standards, and he placed high expectations on everyone else, including me," Krider said. "He was dedicated to his profession and always willing to help others."
As much as he touched co-workers, Renn was also well-liked by neighbors and others who knew him.
"He was an officer, but we knew him as a friend," said Sabrina Young, a family friend.