BROWNSBURG, Ind. – Thousands of mourners congregated at Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg on Friday to pay their last respects to Boone County Deputy Jacob Pickett as he was laid to rest.
Pickett was fatally shot in the line of duty last Friday and taken off life support early Monday morning. Now, Hoosiers will have a chance to pay their last respects to the fallen deputy.
Around 7 a.m. Friday, Deputy Pickett’s body was moved from Crown Hill Funeral Home to Connection Pointe Christian Church in Brownsburg for his funeral service. A procession escorted Pickett’s flag-draped casket to the church.
Pickett’s moving service was officiated by Pastor Steve Reeves, a man who has known Pickett since he was 10-years-old. Among the list of speakers were Gov. Eric Holcomb, Rep. Todd Rokita, Sheriff Mike Nielsen, and Tipton Officer Bradley Robins.
One of the most moving portions of the services was when Robins, who is one of Pickett’s good friends, delivered the eulogy. He tearfully but directly addressed Pickett’s wife Jen, saying “Jen you are one of our pack. You have been for a long time. We pledge to you and the boys to give 100%. Jen, we are forever indebted to you for sharing Jake with us.”
A 52-mile procession took Pickett from the church to his final resting place in the Heroes of Public Safety Section at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis.
The procession, which has around 575 cars and is about 5 miles long, lasted several hours. It passed by White Lick Elementary School, where his widow teaches. A line of hundreds of Brownsburg students were gathered on the side of the road to pay their respects.
The motorcade stopped at the sheriff’s office for Pickett’s 10-42 End of Watch call and then the Boone County Courthouse.
During the emotional call, the dispatcher said, ""Go rest high on that mountain brother to be at peace…we’ll pick up the watch from here."
The public was asked to line the procession route and wear blue or red, white and blue to honor the fallen deputy’s sacrifice.
The procession then moved from the Boone County Sheriff's Office to Crown Hill Cemetary in Indianapolis. Hundreds of officers took part in the burial service which included bagpipes, a tradition at fallen officer's funerals.
Deputy Pickett was a five year veteran of law enforcement and leaves behind his wife, Jen, and two young sons. Below is a series of tweets to relive the day.
Thank you for your service.
The memorial for Deputy Jacob Pickett at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department has continued to grow all week long
🔹 Plan ahead
🔹 Park in a safe location, not along the road
🔹 Dress Warm
🔹 Do not try to cross the street through the procession
🔹 Be patient
🔹 Pay attention to traffic
🔹 Tune to local media to keep track of where procession is https://t.co/Mi8AjPJez2
— Sgt. John Perrine (@ISPIndianapolis) March 8, 2018
Viewer Jessica Follette shared this picture of her daughter's special bow to honor Deputy Pickett; her dad is a Greenwood PD officer, and he's helping with the procession today https://t.co/h7tnt15bp0 #JakeStrong #BooneCountyStrong pic.twitter.com/ZrCe90Zr3o
— CBS4 Indy (@CBS4Indy) March 9, 2018
Signs of support are set up outside White Lick elementary where Deputy Jacob Pickett’s wife Jen works as a first grade teacher.
Students in @Brownsburg_CSC will come out later to see his funeral procession.#PickettStrong pic.twitter.com/xhjq5Dz4zZ
— Jesse Wells (@JesseWellsNews) March 9, 2018
Reeves: "Last Friday, each of us went about our lives, unaware of the time. Unaware of the tragedy that was going on at the time…frankly, we're still in shock today. We're here, but in many ways, we're not here." https://t.co/h7tnt15bp0 pic.twitter.com/J6MTodZUsP
— CBS4 Indy (@CBS4Indy) March 9, 2018