A Glendale police officer killed in the line of duty has been buried with full honors.
Thousands of people, including police officers from all over the state and the nation, paid their final respects Friday to Officer Bradley Jones.
"Officer Bradley Jones is a hero in every sense of the word," said Uncle Tom Engstrom during the service. "Brad loved going to work everyday and he especially loved the members of his squad that he served with."
"Bradley was called home to his father in heaven although this time here was short, his memory will be ever etched in our minds," said father Rick Jones. "We've had many blessings in our life and our children above all are our most cherished."
"We love him beyond measure and his unselfish service has allowed him to return with honor."
Following services at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria, a white Cadillac hearse with Jones' casket drove slowly eastward down the Loop 101 with four police motorcycle escorts alongside.
On the ramp leading to the freeway, Department of Public Safety Officers stood saluting as the hearse passed by on its way to Phoenix Memorial Park.
On the sidewalk during the procession, people of all ages with flags in hand paid their respects.
Stacey Ciha brought her 18-month-old son.
"I just want him to be a part of honoring something so great and someone so great," she says. "You have to really respect what they do they put their lives on the line for you."
Jones was shot and killed early Saturday after he joined a probation officer at a meeting with a 20-year-old man at an apartment complex.
Authorities say Ryan Heisler allegedly pulled out a gun and began firing and struck Jones before fleeing in the officer's vehicle.
Gumby Petersen knew Jones would live a life of honor years ago when the Glendale officer was an Eagle Scout. He also knows what this community lost the moment Officer Jones died.
"A hero, you know, you don't see too many men of his caliber," says Petersen. "You look at society as a whole and you look at those people who are the cream of the crop, who rise above the rest, and Brad Jones exemplified everything that that means."
Jones died hours later at a hospital. He leaves behind a wife and two children.
Heisler was shot by other officers and remains hospitalized.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has ordered flags at all state buildings be lowered to half-staff Friday in honor of Jones.
Charity Car Wash to benefit Officer Brad Jones' family
Danny's Family Car Wash at 8369 W. Bell Rd
Tuesday, November 8th, 2011
Free basic washes will be given from 8AM - 1PM for a donation
100% of the donations generated will go directly to the family of Officer Jones
Donate to the family
Arizona Federal Credit Union, Account # 822633