"He was a selfless servant."
Phoenix Police Chief Joe Yahner used those words to describe the character of fallen Officer David Glasser.
Glasser was fatally shot in the line of duty on May 18 by a burglary suspect in Laveen.
Funeral services for Glasser were held Thursday morning at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria.
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"It’s going to a be long day for the Glasser family," Yahner told reporters prior to the service. "Our hearts and prayers are with them."
Friends described Glasser as a devoted husband, father of two young children, a great friend and an avid sports fan.
Assistant Phoenix Police Chief Michael Kurtenbach, speaking at the service, said he and Glasser had many things in common except for sports teams.
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"I’m a proud Arizona Wildcat and Dave was an equally proud ASU Sun Devil. That difference led to some very entertaining dialogue between us," he said.
Kurtenbach said the passion Glasser had for the Arizona Cardinals "unmistakenly transferred to his service on the Phoenix Police Department."
Kurtenbach said Glasser cared deeply for those around him.
"It was that incredible dedication that places him in harm’s way," Kurtenbach said.
During the service, Chief Yahner added Glasser was an exceptional officer as a member of the Neighborhood Enforcement Team, a unit designed to solve community problems. He was part of the Maryvale precinct.
"In our line of work, being labeled as a great street officer is one of the highest compliments you can get," the chief said.
Yahner added Glasser embodied "what a Phoenix police officer is."
"Today, we mourn the loss of a hero," Yahner said.
Glasser grew up in Phoenix, attended Moon Valley High School and graduated from Arizona State University.
Phoenix Police Commander Sean Connolly of the Maryvale Precinct said Glasser was a brilliant man and teammate.
“Let this be a stark reminder of how we are all judged as leaders," he said. "It is not about things, equipment, reports, or timelines at this moment. It is about people. It is people that get things done. We have to be committed to their wellness 24/7."
Officer James Byrd of the Maryvale Precinct recalled Glasser's compassion for those he knew.
"He started a tradition. He would say, "Love you" as you were leaving. We all eventually started doing it," Byrd said.
Byrd was surrounded at the podium by Glasser's fellow officers from the precinct.
One of Glasser’s best friends, Jason Pool, said the officer had a big heart.
"He wanted to fill his life with as much good as possible," Pool said. And he shared that good with others, he added.
Pastor Jay Van Gelder, his youth pastor recalled another one of Glasser’s character traits.
“His unselfishness was what made the teams he played on great. He had made everyone feel good about themselves,” Gelder said.
“He put his life on the line to make this world a better place,” he added.
Phoenix police pointed out the significance of several dates coinciding with Thursday's services.
It was on May 26 six years ago that Phoenix Police Officer Travis was shot and killed in a dark alley.
Murphy was 29 and had been with the Phoenix Police Departement for more than four years.
Police also asked residents to remember Officer Daryl Raetz and Phoenix firefighter Bradley Harper, who were killed on May 19, 2013. It was on that same day three years later that Glasser lost his life.
Harper, 23, got caught between an ambulance and a fire truck as the two vehicles were trying to pass each other on a narrow road.
Raetz, 29, died when he was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while conducting a DUI stop.
At the conclusion of Thursday’s services, a procession of vehicles carried Glasser's body from the church to Phoenix Memorial Park and Cemetery in north Phoenix.
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