Thousands pay final respects to slain officer

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by Catherine Holland

Video report by Steve Ryan

Posted on November 4, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 4 at 5:05 PM

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Thousands of people, including law-enforcement officers from all over the state, all over the country and even Canada, turned out to pay their final respects to Glendale Officer Bradley Jones, who was shot and killed in the line of duty a week ago.

It's going to be a tough day for Jones' family, friends and co-workers.

"We will get through it and we'll do everything in our power to honor Bradley the best way we can," said Sgt. Brent Coombs of the Glendale Police Department, describing Jones as "the kid next door, your buddy."

The community has come together to support the Jones family and remember a young man who put his life on the line to protect strangers every day.

"That certainly means a lot to us and the family, just people in the community who want to show their respect for someone who takes on the commitment that Bradley did and paid the ultimate sacrifice," Coombs said.

"I can promise you all we will never, never forget Brad and the sacrifices that he's made for the safety of our city," Glendale Police Chief Steve Conrad said shortly before the funeral service.

Jones, a four-year veteran of the force, was assisting a probation officer when Ryan Heisler allegedly shot him. Police say Heisler, 20, sped off in Jones' patrol car, before three Glendale officers found him. Three officers shot Heisler when he allegedly leveled his gun at them. He remains in critical condition.

Police are not discussing the specifics of the case, saying only that Heisler has a criminal record that includes burglary and unlawful imprisonment. Investigators have not said what led up to the shooting of Jones.

After the funeral, Jones will be interred immediately after the service at Phoenix Memorial Park, 200 W. Beardsley Road, Phoenix. Jones, 26, leaves behind a wife and two young kids.

A memorial fund has been established for Jones' family. The account number for the Bradley Jones Memorial Fund at Arizona Federal Credit Union is 822633. You also may contribute to the 100 Club of Arizona, which supports the families of officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty.

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