A Milwaukee police officer who was killed during a high-speed chase is being remembered as someone who was determined and dedicated

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 23-year-old Milwaukee police officer who was killed during a high-speed chase was remembered Saturday as someone who was determined and dedicated.

Officer Charles Irvine Jr. died June 7 when a squad car he was riding in rolled over near an overpass during a chase with a motorist who authorities said had been driving recklessly. Irvine was the first Milwaukee police officer killed in the line of duty in 22 years.

Pastor Jason Webb told hundreds of mourners at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield that Irvine “laid down his life protecting his friends, the citizens of Milwaukee.”

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales said Irvine wrote a paper for school when he was 4 stating he wanted to be a police officer.

“In law enforcement, we send our officers to keep our communities safe, and we mandate that they do their job to the best of their abilities, so help them God,” Morales said during the service.

Law enforcement representatives in squad cars and motorcycles lined up at the church hours in advance of the service. Once inside, a line of officers passed by a flag-draped coffin and gave a final salute to Irvine. Afterward they led a procession to Forest Home Cemetery.

Timothy Nelson, 26, of Oak Creek, arrived early for the funeral and stood across the street from the church holding an American flag. He told the Journal Sentinel he would stay through the service to show respect for Irvine’s family and law enforcement.

Irvine had been with the Milwaukee Police Department since he was 19 years old and became an officer two years ago.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com