The Latest: Gov. honors officer killed at Planned Parenthood
Dec. 04, 2015
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The latest on the funeral for the police officer killed in last week's attack on a Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood clinic (all times local):
Colorado's governor is praising the campus police officer killed in the Planned Parenthood shooting as someone who lived bravely and courageously every day and sacrificed his life for others in the attack.
Gov. John Hickenlooper spoke to hundreds of people packed into New Life Church in Colorado Springs for the funeral of Garrett Swasey on Friday, a week after he was killed.
He told Swasey's two young children that Colorado is a better place for what their father did and encouraged everyone to follow Swasey's example and "give more than we take."
In a written message read at the service, his wife Rachel said Swasey was prepared for the possibility of giving his life and felt that his personality and beliefs aligned with his career in law enforcement.
The campus police officer killed in last week's Planned Parenthood shooting in Colorado is being laid to rest.
Hundreds of people are expected at Friday's funeral for Garrett Swasey in Colorado Springs, which will be followed a procession to the cemetery. He worked at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and rushed to the clinic to help after the gunman opened fire.
Swasey was married with two children and was a co-pastor at Hope Chapel, an evangelical church in Colorado Springs. He was originally from Melrose, Massachusetts, and moved to Colorado to train as a champion ice dancer.
The service will be held at New Life Church, a large venue that was the scene of a shooting in 2007. Two teen sisters were killed and three others were wounded.