MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Friends, family and fellow officers from several law enforcement agencies paid their respects to the memory of Miami-Dade police officer Jermaine Brown on Thursday.
A viewing took place at the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church, in the 10700 block of S.W. 184 Street in Miami, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“A guy that was very loved by the community, loved by the children of the community,” said MDPD Division Chief Ariel Artime. “He was an incredible role model.”
Police said full honors were be held on church grounds.
The ‘Celebration of Life’ for officer Brown and burial will be held on Friday, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Brown’s family has requested absolute privacy during the burial and police will be on scene to honor their wishes.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Honor Flag arrived in Miami to be flown during services for Brown.
Since 2011, the U.S. Honor Flag has paid tribute to those who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The flag has become a national treasure to millions, honoring thousands of first responders and active-duty personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of country and their communities.
Brown was killed on Dec. 12 in an ATV crash while conducting an enforcement detail in Southwest Miami-Dade.
He was responding to assist other officers when his ATV struck a tree south of the intersection of South Dixie Highway and SW 211th Street.
Brown had been a veteran of the force for 15 years.
“He was in the Marine Patrol, K-9, specialized units in the department,” said Stedman Stahl with the Police Benevolent Association. “Everybody who worked with him said he was a great officer.”
He is survived by his wife, also a police officer, and three children.
Brown was 46 years old.