SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Family, friends, and the Savannah community are paying their respects today to a fallen officer.
Sgt. Kelvin Ansari was killed after responding to a robbery over the weekend.
There was a consistency at Campbell and Sons Funeral Home, Thursday night; consistent uniforms walking in and out and a consistent somber theme among all who were there.
Members of the Savannah Police Department and Savannah Fire were in attendance as well as city staff and neighbors. Alderman Van Johnson says there are more ways to show your support to these departments.
“Certainly an encouraging word to a police officer or an encouraging word to a firefighter or first responder, just saying thank you. I don’t think people really recognize how dangerous this work is until something like this happens," Alderman Johnson said.
“He showed us what it is to be a man," one of Ansari’s sons said.
“He’s always been a respected individual,” said Isaiah Ansari another of his sons. “He’s beyond the badge. He’s beyond the Army. He’s overall a great person.”
“He always taught me, ‘if you are going to do something, give it your all, don’t do it halfway,” said Danval Gray. “If you’re into it, you’re into it. Finish what you started. So, I’m going to take that moving forward.”
Kelvin Jr., Isaiah, and Danval are living across the country from each other, in New York, North Carolina, and here in Savannah. They say the past few days have blurred together, but the support from a Savannah community they do not know has been overwhelming.
“It didn’t really occur to me on everything until the news broke that he was killed and all of the support came pouring in.”
“It’s been amazing to see how the people pull together, especially in a day and time where people are so separate on so many issues, but on this right here, just to help our family get through this time of grieving is just a beautiful thing.”
Ansari’s son, Isaiah, stood out. His dad’s camouflage jacket was wrapped around him the way his dad once wore it - both in love and inspiration.
“I looked at my dad like superman, so I always kept something when I got older and moved out," he said. “I always kept something of my dad’s because I always wanted to be just like my dad."
As the brothers face the next few days and a lifetime without their father, they are holding onto the immeasurable support.
Ten-year-old Zechariah from Florida sent the family a flag after dedicating his one-mile run to Sgt. Ansari in a viral Facebook video.
“The son of a hero. As sad as it is, you still find joy that people are helping you along in the process, and people actually legitimately loved the man that raised you.”
Through his blended family, Ansari had six children.
If you would like to donate or send support to the Ansari family, you can do so by clicking here.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Temple.