Funeral held for cop killed in crash

July 3, 2008 6:47:19 PM PDT
It's a tough day for Houston's men and women in blue as they say goodbye to one of their own, killed in a traffic accident over the weekend.It was a very emotional day for Houston Police officer Gary Gryder's wife, his son, his daughter and members of the Houston police force. There was such an overwhelming show of support as they all gathered inside Champion Forest Baptist Church to say their final goodbyes.

As many as 4,000 people were expected to attend today's services, among those attending today, Houston Police Officer Josyln Johnson. You may remember her husband Officer Rodney Johnson was killed in the line of duty nearly two years ago.

Today, Officer Gryder is being remembered as a devoted husband, father and police officer. He was well respected by his colleagues. He is being honored for his commitment and his sacrifice.

Officer Gryder was killed Sunday morning while working traffic duty in a construction zone on the Katy Freeway. He and another officer were struck by a driver, speeding out of control.

"That if Gary would have not been in that place on Sunday morning June 29 at 5:30am then that evil, that danger would have been allowed to continue on to hurt or to kill someone else," said Chaplain Monty Montgomery Houston Police Department. "And as we discussed last night, I don't believe that he would have ever let that happen. Because he chose to protect and serve, he chose to stand up against that danger."

Officer's Gryder's partner, Houston Police Officer Matt Calley, stood up and read the obituary, and offered some very touching words to the family. He described Gary Gryder as an incredibly rare individual who put his family first no matter what.

Following the service, a "Wall of Honor" ceremony will be held outside the front entrance to the church. He will then be laid to rest at the Klein Memorial Park Cemetery.

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