MIAMI (CBS4) -The procession honoring the two fallen police officers gave regular civilians a chance to say goodbye. The procession made its way through the streets of Miami and left its mark on those who watched it go by, among them, a mother and her two small children.
“I think it is really important for my kids to feel the honor and privilege to be here,” said Jennifer Poggio who lined the streets on Northwest 57th Avenue.
They watched as law enforcement led the way for the bodies of their fallen colleagues.
“I think it shows a camaraderie amongst them and the love. We civilians can actually take part standing here on the street saying thank you we honor you and we think you are doing a great job,” said Poggio to CBS4’s Jorge Estevez.
Each passing motorcycle echoed a loss.
“It hurts because you know I know and everybody knows these people are doing their jobs to protect us,” said Josephine Walters.
Each passing police officer solidified a responsibility.
“We really care. It is a tragedy. It shouldn’t have happened, but it did and it will again. We are very sorry for it,” said Mary Ann Klimenko.
While some stood alongside Northwest 57th Avenue to show solidarity others, like some of the children along the procession route, just come to learn a lesson about life.
“It shows people that the police are important and they save people,” said one young girl who came with her mother to the procession.
Click here to read about the conclusion of events that took the officers to their final resting place.