PHOENIX — Phoenix police officers said their final goodbyes to a slain officer on Thursday after a mileslong funeral procession closed a Valley freeway.
The funeral of officer David Glasser was held at Christ’s Church of the Valley, near Happy Valley Road and 67th Avenue in the morning.
Phoenix Police Chief Joseph Yahner said Glasser’s 6-foot-5 frame epitomized a commanding presence but was overshadowed by his compassion.
After the service concluded, the procession took Glasser’s body to the Phoenix Memorial Park and Cemetery, located near Seventh Avenue and the Loop 101.
Bystanders lined streets and even a freeway overpass to watch the procession and show messages of support for police.
The freeway was closed for several hours as the 12-mile procession made its way to the cemetery. It was reopened about 1:40 p.m.
Glasser died last week after being shot by a robbery suspect. The suspect died in a shootout with officers.
Mayor Greg Stanton called Glasser’s death a “dark day for the city of Phoenix.”
Glasser, a Phoenix native, was with the department for 12 years. He had a wife and two children.
Glasser attended Moon Valley High School and Arizona State University before joining the force.
Donations for Glasser’s family can be sent to the Phoenix Law Enforcement Association. Donations are accepted online or can be mailed to PLEA Charities, 1102 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, Arizona, 85007.
When making a donation, indicate the money should be given to the Glasser family.
Glasser is the 38th Phoenix police officer killed in the line of duty and the first since Det. John Hobbs was shot and killed on March 3, 2014.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.