Hundreds pay respects to Officer David Tinsley

Officers from as far away as Yuma, Arizona attended Tinsley's funeral Monday.

Posted: Sep. 17, 2018 9:34 PM
Updated: Sep. 17, 2018 10:18 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Hundreds of police officers from across the country traveled to Fort Wayne to pay respects to Officer David Tinsley.

Tinsley died last week after suffering a heart attack while on duty.

Officers from as far away as Yuma, Arizona attended Tinsley's funeral Monday.

"It was very important for me to come and pay my respects," said Yuma Police Department dective David Simpson.

Simpson used to work for the Fort Wayne Police Department with Tinsely.

He said it was an honor to be a part of the ceremony by playing the bagpipes.

"It was all worth it. He was a tremendous officer. A very kind and humble person," he told FOX 55. "He's dedication to his district. He loved the south side. He worked very hard for the people who lived there."

Officer Tinsley was given the traditional ceremony as a fallen officer, with a riderless horse, bagpipes, a 21 gun salute, and playing of the taps.

Every officer there also laid a carnation on Tinsley's casket.

The Salvation Army of Northern Indiana said it will donate all the proceeds from this weekend's Galactic Event, as part of the agency's Rogue Weekend.

Tickets need to be purchased by Friday.

For more information, visit the Salvation Army's website.

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