Officer killed in Planned Parenthood shooting laid to rest

A crowd of people shows support for Officer Garrett Swasey's family before his funeral service Friday, December 4, 2015, at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. / Taylor Bishop - FOX21 News
A crowd of people shows support for Officer Garrett Swasey's family before his funeral service Friday, December 4, 2015, at New Life Church in Colorado Springs. / Taylor Bishop - FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Officer Garrett Swasey, the UCCS police officer who was killed in the Planned Parenthood shooting, was laid to rest Friday.

A funeral service was held at New Life Church on Voyager Parkway.

The room was filled with badges and blue as Officer Swasey’s brothers and sisters in law enforcement were there to honor and remember his life and end of watch.

Everyone stood in silence as Officer Swasey’s casket was carried in. Fellow officers placed blue roses near him before hearing from several state and local officials, but when those closest to him took the stage there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

“I’m humbled by the faith and trust that Garrett placed in me as his chief,” said Chief Brian McPike with UCCS Police Department. “Rest in peace my friend.”

“The path we walk is narrow and even though it hurts, you gave your life doing what was right, walking the path of Jesus Christ. I know now you rest with our father and though I am so sad to see you go, your courage will stay with me forever, helping my heart to continue to grow,” said Officer Swasey’s nephew Stephen Swasey.

“I’m going to miss my little brother, all the memories I have of growing up that we shared, and all those memories I was really looking forward to making in the future that no longer exists for us,” said Officer Swasey’s sister Kim Noveletsky. “Garrett, I love you and I’m going to miss you so much.”

Officer Swasey’s wife, Rachel Swasey said, “For my two children, for our extended family including our police family, for his friends and our church, Garrett has three words privately just for you. He can now say them over and over without tiring, with joy, I love you. I love you. I love you. I love you. What more could there be to say.”

It wasn’t all tears.

“Not only were we friends we also played music together,” said fellow UCCS Officer Larry Darnell. “I play the drums, he played the guitar. He like this band called Dream Theater and they just play this crazy music like all kinds of notes and I’m playing the drums and I’m like I can’t play that because I’m not that good and I said, ‘Garrett can we please play like Jessie’s Girl or something like that.”

Following the service, a procession took place where people lined the streets waving American flags as hundreds of police cars led their fallen brother to Evergreen Cemetery, passing the UCCS campus giving Officer Garrett Swasey one final salute.

>> See photos from the funeral and procession. 

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