BROWNSBURG, Ind. (WLFI) - Thousands of people paid their respects Friday as Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett was laid to rest. Law enforcement from several Indiana counties stood shoulder to shoulder as they said their final goodbye.
Pickett was shot and killed in the line of duty of week ago.
Law enforcement including West Lafayette police, Lafayette police and Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office were part of Pickett’s funeral, and the 52-mile procession following it.
During the procession, dozens of neighbors in Brownsburg showed their support for Pickett’s service and sacrifice.
“We can feel helpless at times like this so you’re really not sure what you can do,” said Matt Dziadosz. “We can’t do anything tangible necessarily, but we can come out to support the family and friends and the community will support that.”
Purdue graduates Matt Dziadosz and Anne Kender showed support for fallen Deputy Jacob Pickett at the entrance to their Brownsburg neighborhood.
“We just wanted to come out and show support for Deputy Pickett and his family and really all of the law enforcement officers around the state that are here today,” said Kender.
Kender, Dziadosz and their neighbors waved a flag as the procession passed by their house. They also pitched in to buy a sign which reads, “Fallen but not forgotten. Rest In Peace Deputy Pickett.” The sign is posted right outside their neighborhood.
A small act, but a powerful one.
“It takes a very special person to do what they do,” said Dziadosz.
Dziadosz and Kender weren’t alone. Dozens of others stood outside for hours, waving flags from their driveways and doing their part to pay final respects to Pickett.
“He was doing his job,” said Dziadosz. “These guys put themselves in danger daily and just that sacrifice they do everyday, it’s very sad, but he’s going down with honor and he’s going to always be a hero.”
Pickett will be buried in Crown Hill Cemetery in the heroes of public safety section.