OFFICER FUNERAL: Community Says Goodbye

Hundreds of people lined the streets in Rockwell City Tuesday afternoon to bid farewell to a man who was a husband, a father and a police officer.

Thirty-seven-year-old Officer Jamie Buenting was killed when he was shot in the chest last Friday by Corey Trott. Authorities say he was responding to a standoff in Rockwell City.

Tuesday, Iowans honored Officer Buenting’s life at South Central Calhoun Middle School.

American flags lined the streets leading up to the school. Inside the doors were friends, family members, and police officers from all over the state.

The law enforcement community demonstrated their camaraderie with officers from across the state attending the service.

Corporal John Davis graduated from the law enforcement academy with Officer Buenting and came from Clinton to be there for his friend.

“It’s a tragic event and I know Jamie would be proud of the turnout today,” Corporal Davis said.

The celebration of Officer Buenting’s life then took to the streets.

A vehicle procession as far as the eye could see rolled through downtown Rockwell City.

It was an emotional moment for those who took a few moments from work to pay their respects.

Jolene Rasty is a friend of Officer Buenting’s family and could barely hold in her tears as she counted more than 400 squad cars pass by.

“It’s amazing to see all the stuff. But it’s overwhelming,” Rasty said.

And it was no doubt overwhelming for the Buenting’s closest friends and family members to see the outpouring of support from this community.

In a statement read by a family friend, Buenting’s family said they hold “one person and one person only” accountable for his death and hold “no ill will” toward his family members.

That was the only mention of the incident itself Tuesday.

The family and this community is doing its best to heal and move on and they’re doing that by celebrating the life of their hero, Officer Jamie Buenting.

 

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