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July 18, 2011

Online Coverage: Funeral for Terre Haute Police Officer Brent D. Long

Timeline with remarks from today's funeral service for Terre Haute Police Officer Brent Long:

Sgt. Todd Haller leads the invocation. He begins by reading the Beatitudes recited by Jesus on the hillside above the Sea of Galilee.

Haller prays for everlasting healing and the peace that passes understanding for the city and nation during this difficult time. Haller is the lead officer for the K-9 team of THPD.

Mayor Duke Bennett:

"Every story that I've heard this week about Brent will tell you that he was the ultimate, whatever it was. He stepped up," doing whatever was required.

"I don't believe as a community I've seen such as outpouring of support," Bennett said, adding that it is a testament to what Officer Long meant to the community.

"It's a true tragedy for a community, but we know he is in a better place now. And all of us can take solace in knowing that he did his best for his community."

Terre Haute Police Chief John Plasse:

"It is comforting to know that we are not alone as we grieve here for Brent. I can think of no better place to live, or to be a police officer," he said of the community support he has seen in the past week.

He said Long was selected for the special response team. And later joined the canine team. "There was no limits to what Brent would do on our department. Brent wore his badge proudly. He was a rising star. We will never know just how bright he would have become."

The chief noted that Long exemplified Duty and honor.

Duty — Brent was doing his duty as he did every day when he came to work. He was attempting to arrest a subject wanted on a warrant, to help make our community safe.

Honor — Brent was only an officer a short time, but he understood the importance in honoring those who had done this job. He had recently taken an active role in naming city streets after those who have died in duty. It is only fitting that he is the first to have a city street named after him.

Plasse also encourages other officers to stay vigilant and stay safe as they do their duties.

"You can do everything right, as Brent did on Monday, and still lose."

Assistant Chief Marc Eldred:

Brent was selected to be a K-9 officer, and  he and Shadow made an immediate impact on the streets, Eldred said. He had recently made a large seizure of cocaine, and assisted in the capture of a wanted murder suspect.

He was extremely dedicated to serving and protecting his community, and he truly loved his job.

"It was an honor and a privilege to work with Brent. He will be sadly missed, but never forgotten."

Assistant Chief Shawn Keen:

"Brent could be considered an amateur comedian himself. But there was nothing amateur about the job he did for the police department. Brent loved being the policeman, and he made the most of every minute he served, in everything he did."…

"I chose to remember Brent for not only how he performed his job, or how dedicated he was, or how brave he was, but also as the guy who made me laugh, at our first conversation and our last."

Sheriff Greg Ewing:

Ewing said he met Brent when he was a high-schooler at South Vigo, where at the time, Ewing was working security.

Ewing said he recalls Long as a friend. Long worked as a dispatcher at the Vigo County Sheriff's Department, and later Ewing stood up with Long at his wedding.

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