Chief Chokes Up at Officer Puente-Morales’ Service: ‘His actions and his attitude are infectious’

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa -- At the service Thursday night for a fallen officer, the Des Moines police chief called the loss a "nightmare."

Just a day after speaking at the funeral for Officer Susan Farrell, Chief Dana Wingert again addressed his family in blue with an emotional eulogy for Officer Carlos Puente-Morales.

Wingert spoke of the lessons Puente-Morales' mother taught him.

"We honor them when they have fallen, but they are also heroes while they are living," Maria de Rocio Morales Contreras told him.

"She's exactly right," Wingert said.

Wingert continued, saying we forget about all that has become routine, and the tragic loss of Officers Puente-Morales and Farrell should be a wake-up call.

"What is routine can turn horrible in an instant. What is familiar to us won't always be safe. What is common can certainly become unraveled."

Wingert again quoted Puente-Morales' mother, who said, "We shouldn't wait for a tragedy to recognize our heroes."

Watch Chief Wingert's full eulogy above honoring Officer Carlos Puente-Morales.

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