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Farewell to a Hero: Slain Gary police officer laid to rest

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GARY, Ind. (AP) - Thousands of people said their final farewell to a police officer in Gary, Ind. who was killed in the line of duty.

The funeral for Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield was held Monday at the Genesis Convention Center in Gary. Besides the police officers from Indiana, Illinois and other states, hundreds of others attended the funeral for the fallen hero.

Those who attended the funerals remember Westerfield fondly.

"I am highly upset and devastated. For 19 years, people on the street loved him and we are devastated," Gary Police Sgt. Darlene Breitenstein said.

Westerfield was found shot to death July 6. It was his 47th birthday. Police have a person of interest in custody, but charges haven't been filed yet in the shooting.

Deputy Police Chief Larry McKinley says Westerfield was known to many as "the mayor of Black Oak" for his work in the neighborhood on Gary's southwest side where he lived and patrolled.

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