CHANDLER, AZ, (3TV/CBS 5) – Friends, family, and the community came together at Compass Christian Church Saturday morning to honor the life of fallen Chandler Police Officer Christopher Farrar.
“Chris is foremost be remembered as a son, as a father, a brother, an uncle, a grandfather, a friend, and a police officer whose life was in full stride when it was cut short and abruptly ended,” Chandler Police Chief Sean Duggan said. In addition to understanding the inherent dangers of being a police officer, Farrar also recognized “countless opportunities to make a difference,” the chief continued. “That was his fuel. … Chris had a passion for service most of his adult life. Chris is – was -- the consummate team player and he went out of his way daily to help others. … Chris had a heart of gold.”
“Chris lived a life of service and genuinely cared for others,” Duggan said. “Chris’s presence will be continued to be felt by all. … Officer Chris Farrar is gone from us today, but he will never be forgotten.”
Retired Chandler Police Chief Sherry Kiyler asked people to not only grief the loss of Farrar but also to celebrate the life he lived. She went on to share stories about Farrar she heard from his family, his partner, and those who knew him best.
“Chris is a humble man, a kind man, a compassionate man,” Kiyler said. “Chris knew the name of every homeless person on his beat. Every one.” She also said he would never boast about the awards and accolades he earned. “He was just out there busily getting it done.”
“He made it his mission to use his life’s journey to help others,” she continued, saying he made a difference in so many lives.
Susan Simons of the nonprofit organization Under the Shield shared some of her work with Farrar during a particularly challenging time in his life and the work he went on to do with others as a stress coach. “I couldn’t be more proud of the man and the officer he became because of [his] difficult journey,” she said. “He helped endless officers.”
Ron Emary, who worked with Farrar in the K-9 unit and was a longtime friend, said Farrar lived his life by a simple code and never did anything halfway. “It was all 100% for Chris or nothing,” he said. He shared a one of Farrar’s recent altruistic actions – secretly paying the grocery bill for a mother at a store. “Chris was just thrilled – thrilled that he could do something like that.”
He also said Farrar was very much a family man, very close to both his blood relations and his church family, as well as his work family. Emary said Farrar often went out of his way to connect with new officers and mentor them, using his experience – good and bad-- to help them be better at their jobs. “He used his experiences to help scores and scores of officers across the nation.”
Farrar, 50, died on Thursday, April 29, when he was hit by stolen car driven by a suspect. The incident started in Eloy and turned into a pursuit that eventually ended in Gilbert. The suspect also hit a Gilbert officer. That officer is out of the hospital and recovering at a rehabilitation facility.