DES MOINES, Iowa — Crowds of mourners are set to line the streets of the metro Friday morning as the community gives a final salute to one of the two Des Moines police officers killed in a crash last weekend.
Officer Carlos Puente-Morales died early Saturday when his police SUV collided head-on with a driver going the wrong way on I-80 near Waukee. He leaves behind two sons and a daughter.
Friday morning, funeral services for Puente-Morales are being held at 8:30 at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines.
Des Moines Police Chief Dana Wingert gave a moving speech about Puente-Morales at a rosary service held Thursday night.
“Carlos was so much more than that. He’s a father, a brother, a loved one, a soldier, and a friend to many people because of the lives he touches,” Wingert said. “There’s no one term that would accurately describe Carlos. The closest I could get would be loyal servant,” spoke Wingert, “You see everything that virtually inspires Carlos involves around a life of service. From his family, to his occupation.”
Cheif Wingert went on to say Officer`s Puente Morales’ actions and his attitude were infectious.
The theme of the rosary service was family. Friends and family spoke on at length on that — it didn`t matter if Carlos just met you or knew you for decades — he treated you like family.
Following Officer Puente-Morales’ funeral Friday morning a procession will escort his body to the Iowa Veterans Cemetery in Van Meter for burial.