TEMPERANCE, MICH. -- Thousands of police officers and firefighters attended Detective Keith Dressel's funeral services on Monday. And many of those officers brought along their own children.
News 11's Colleen Wells spoke with several of those children lining the funeral precession.
Just seven years old, and a bit camera-shy, Bryce Elliot already knows what he wants to be when he grows up. Mostly, a lot like his dad, Darrell, a Sylvania township firefighter.
"We do give our lives when we have to. I just want him to understand that and to see what the honor of being a firefighter and police officer is," Elliot said.
Bedford Township firefighter EMT Joe Phillips took his son, Brandon, to the funeral, "so he can see honor, too. It's such a sad thing, and, hopefully, just a once in a lifetime thing."
For Brandon, the massive fire trucks and flags are awe-inspiring. "I think it's cool," he said.
But for so many here, the funeral procession for Detective Dressel, also a father of two, is a reminder of the very real dangers of civil service. "A lot of us have children at home, and we all hope that we can make it home," Phillips said.
On this somber day in Toledo's history, thousands of people of all ages came out to remember the officer and the dad -- who didn't make it home.