INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Hundreds of officers and community members came together on Thursday to pay their respects to IMPD Officer Perry Renn who was killed in the line of duty over Fourth of July weekend.
Renn was a 22-year veteran of IMPD. His visitation was held at Crown Hill Funeral Home.“Responsible, courageous, self-motivated, and just stood in the gap for those that couldn’t stand for themselves,” IMPD Chief Rick Hite remembers Officer Renn.
Renn’s character is what hundreds of his brothers and sisters in blue focused on celebrating at the visitation for Renn.
“He worked a very difficult part of the city,” said Rick Snyder of the Fraternal Order of Police. “(He) stayed there for more time than most people work in a career. He didn’t leave, he didn’t back away, he didn’t give up.”
The visitation was closed casket and Officer Renn will be cremated.
On Thursday, Chief Hite, Mayor Greg Ballard, Public Safety Director Troy Riggs, and hundreds of others, expressed their condolences to Officer Renn’s family. The honor guard has been with him every minute since he left the hospital, a last duty done by fellow officers.
“He spent his entire career working in the backbone of the department in patrol,” said Hite. “Getting to know the community, building relationships, working in two of the toughest areas, working the east district and some of the tough areas of the north district, by choice.”
It’s a choice that people we spoke with, want Officer Renn’s family to know was appreciated.
“I’ve told like three or four (officers) on the streets thank you for the service,” said Reginald Huff. He is a former Marine who brought his son and daughter with him to the visitation to pay his respects.
“It was really nice to come and give thanks to him for protecting Indianapolis,” said Katie Casavan. Her dad is a police officer, so for her, to be able to say thank you meant a lot.
“Be encouraged and to keep their faith strong in GOD,” said Melvin Greene. He is a minister, whose father was an officer, killed in 1975 by gun violence in Indianapolis. He is a member of the FOP and COPS. He and his brother Jerry say it’s always a painful reminder to hear about an officer being killed. On Thursday, they came to encourage the Renn family.
“You never know when the master is going to call us in,” said Greene.
“Our police officers are also your neighbors, they’re going to little league games, and they’re juggling schedules and trying to make ends meet to pay the bills just like everyone else,” said Snyder.
“He left a void, but yet and still he’ll leave a legacy,” said Hite.