ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa (AP) — Hundreds of police officers and firefighters from across Iowa and neighboring states were among an estimated 2,000 people who attended the funeral of a Rockwell City police officer who was killed in the line of duty.
While the crowd in the South Central Calhoun Middle School gym in Rockwell City on Tuesday mourned the loss of eight-year police veteran Jamie Buenting, those in the community of 2,200 honored his memory with signs, wreaths and ribbons.
Buenting, a 37-year-old married father of two, died early Friday after he was shot during a standoff. Corey A. Trott, 32, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Buenting's death.
On Tuesday, Buenting was remembered as a loving husband and father who enjoyed hunting and the outdoors.
But it was the words of his 7-year-old daughter that brought most at the funeral to tears.
Kalie Buenting read from a note she penned after learning of her father's death, describing him as “the best ever,” and asking God to “make sure he gets the best place in Heaven.”
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