'Went down fighting': Slain deputy to be laid to rest
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jul 28, 2016,
Jul 28, 2016, 1:15
Garafola and two other police officers were slain July 17 in an ambush shooting in Baton Rouge.
Garafola, 45, was laid to rest one day after hundreds turned out for a funeral service for Baton Rouge police Officer Matthew Gerald, 41.
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux (gOH-troh) called him courageous, compassionate, fearless and benevolent.
East Baton Rouge Deputy Brad Garafola died doing what he had done for years ― putting his life on the line to help others.
Members of a police honor guard raise their hands in salute as the casket of Baton Rouge police officer Matthew Gerald exits the Healing Place Church after funeral services in Baton Rouge, La., Friday, July 22, 2016.
Saturday afternoon, the Baton Rouge community said goodbye to another fallen officer.
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Just days before he was shot and killed, Jackson posted an emotional Facebook message saying he was "physically and emotionally" exhausted and expressing how hard it was to be both a police officer and a black man. The day after that, a black gunman in Dallas opened fire during a protest against the Minnesota and Baton Rouge shootings, and killed five police officers.
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People began arriving hours ahead of a funeral for a sheriff's deputy slain on Sunday, even as a funeral Mass was being held at a Catholic church.
The body of the gunman who killed three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge has been released to his family.
The sanctuary at Istrouma Baptist Church was filled with officers from across the country and beyond who travelled to Baton Rouge to pay their respects.
Funeral services for Baton Rouge Corporal Montrell Jackson will be held Monday starting at 9 a.m.at Living Faith Christian Center in Baton Rouge.
Early arrivals for Garafola's service included a deputy who worked with Garafola and was dressed in Scottish regalia as drum major for a pipe band.
"My deputy went down fighting".
The police killings came at a time of tension in the city and across the United States as police are put in the spotlight after shooting incidents.
Garafola's friends described him as a man committed to public service and devoted to his family.