Local police will join officers from other departments around central Indiana in Indianapolis today, helping say goodbye to a fallen officer and friend.
Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Perry Renn was killed Saturday in a shootout in Indianapolis. His funeral is today at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, and at least six Greenwood police officers will be in Indianapolis directing traffic throughout the day, assistant chief Matthew Fillenwarth said.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office will have deputies attending the funeral, and is sending two motorcycles to assist with the motorcade, Col. Randy Werden said.
Franklin police is planning to send two officers to help with the night shift in Indianapolis, Chief Tim O’Sullivan said.
Helping with traffic or providing other assistance allows more Indianapolis police to attend Renn’s funeral, Fillenwarth said.
Greenwood and Franklin police and the sheriff’s office also have had black ribbons across their badges and on the back of their squad cars in remembrance of Renn.
“We’ve lost a brother,” O’Sullivan said.
Anytime a police officer is killed, it reminds those in other departments how dangerous the job is, Fillenwarth and O’Sullivan said.
“Everybody kind of takes something like that to heart,” Fillenwarth said. “In police work, you know every day at work can be your last.”
On Thursday, Fillenwarth was finalizing the number of Greenwood officers who would work traffic control in Indianapolis, and expects between six and eight officers will work shifts lasting between 10 and 12 hours.
Several officers planned to attend Renn’s funeral. But after Indianapolis police asked for assistance on the streets, those officers volunteered to work instead of attending the service, Fillenwarth said.
“We don’t get a shortage of volunteers when stuff like this comes up,” Fillenwarth said. “In times like this, everybody wants to help.”
The sheriff’s deputies attending the funeral didn’t know Renn, but they do know other Indianapolis police officers, and they want to show their support to all of the department’s officers and their families, Werden said.
“(Renn) deserves every honor that he can get,” Werden said. “He laid down his life for his community. That’s as strong as it can get.”
“We’ve offered whatever services they need,” Werden said. “And if they call with something we haven’t offered, we’ll be more than happy to assist them in any way we can.”
Greenwood police saw a similar outpouring of support in 2007, when Det. Eric McElhaney was shot five times during a traffic stop. After the shooting, Greenwood police got help from multiple other departments, including officers trained to help people deal with trauma, Fillenwarth said. After McElhaney was shot, officers with similar training came from other departments to help as Greenwood police addressed the traumatic situation in which a friend and co-worker was injured, Fillenwarth said.