Several police officers have stepped up to show the family of a fallen detective that they are not alone.
On Feb. 2, Clermont County Sheriff Deputy Bill Brewer and a number of other officers had responded to a 911 call in Pierce Township, Ohio, according to WKRC-TV.
A man named Wade Winn allegedly called emergency services saying that someone was trying to break into his apartment. He claimed that the home invader had an assault rifle and a Glock.
However, Winn also told operators that the person was coming in through the walls, an odd claim. When police contacted Winn’s father, he warned them that Winn had been using LSD.
When police arrived, the situation shifted into a standoff, which ended with Winn opening fire on the officers. Lt. Nick DeRose was wounded.
Tragically, Brewer died during the assault. He left behind a wife and a young son.
His death has rocked the community. A hometown boy, Brewer had excelled at sports and impressed others with his personal integrity.
“Twenty years, he was a good father, a good husband, a good friend, a good employee,” Sheriff Robert Leahy told WCPO-TV. “He’s what this country needs more of.”
On the day of Brewer’s funeral, hundreds of vehicles joined a procession to escort his body to the burial site.
According to WVXU, Leahy said at the ceremony, “This would be the guy I would want to show up if my family members were in need.
“I’m a mess. I’m a wreck. I’m devastated, but just like all of you, how can I not be when I know that Bill’s family is not okay?”
Fallen Detective Brewer’s son being walked to school today. In this family, nobody fights alone! pic.twitter.com/O5XhVrq3TN
— Ohio Going Blue (@OhioGoingBlue) February 13, 2019
Still, local law enforcement officers have continued to try to care for Brewer’s widow and child. WLWT reported that about 20 officers showed up on Feb. 13 to escort his son to school.
“(He was) proud as a peach of his son, loved his son,” Batavia Township Administrator Rex Parsons said. “He would come in and tell me stories about how his son was growing up when he was only five.”
The police-advocacy group Ohio Going Blue posted a picture of the processional on Twitter. The caption? “In this family, nobody fights alone!”
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