WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- The visitation services wrapped up for Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio Sunday afternoon in West Des Moines. Beminio was one of two officers ambushed and murdered while sitting in his patrol car early Wednesday morning.
There were dozens and dozens of people in uniform and in civilian clothes that trickled in and out of Lutheran Church of Hope in West Des Moines to pay their respects to Sgt. Beminio.
It's a feeling of comfort to see the show of support from the community to the officer's family. And Monday, hundreds of others will add to that comfort as the sergeant is laid to rest.
"Tony was everybody's friend, I don`t think anyone disliked Tony, whether you were the least senior person or the chief he was your friend," said Patrol Sgt. Scott Dwyer of the Indianola Police Department.
Sgt. Dwyer worked with Sgt. Beminio for about four years while he served on the Indianola Police Department. He remembers his fellow sergeant as goal oriented but also full of personality and life.
As departments in the metro begin to say their goodbye, they won't be the only ones.
Hundreds of police officers from across the metro, state and country will be a part of Officer Beminio's procession as he is laid to rest at Glendale Cemetery Monday at 11 a.m.
Already at Sunday night's visitation, officers from New York, Chicago, Nashville, Fort Worth and Utah were there.
Support police say makes this tragedy a little easier to process.
"You have to think about the concept of strength in numbers," said Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek. "It doesn't just apply to a force on force situation. It's the emotional support also. The more of these officers we see and people from the community come out, it makes this road a little easier for us."
This ambush attack has forever changed the police department. Sgt. Parizek says normal will never be normal again.
Sgt. Beminio was an 11-year veteran of the police department. He leaves behind a wife and three children.