SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - A fallen Savannah police officer will soon be laid to rest.
Sergeant Kelvin Ansari was killed Saturday night after responding to a robbery on Bull Street. Saturday, his family, friends, colleagues, and officers from all over the nation will gather to say their final goodbyes at the hero’s funeral.
The service will be held at Calvary Baptist Temple on Waters Avenue beginning at 11 a.m. Before the funeral, a visitation will be held at the church from 9-10 a.m. A motorcade procession will follow the funeral service.
Officers from as far away as New York, Dallas, and Boston are in town to pay tribute to Sgt. Ansari. These far-reaching crowds truly show how strong the bond of the badge is.
“Anytime a police officer is killed in the line of duty, it hits home for us,” said Anthony Poulos, Boston PD.
The Brotherhood for the Fallen started in Chicago in 2010. Today, seven chapters around the country commit to being there for the families and departments when they lose one of their own.
“I think this is my nineteenth trip across the country to honor the officers who have given their lives in the line of duty,” said Captain Kevin Foley, Suffolk County PD.
“We just feel bad for the officer and his family. We are here to let them know that we support them, no matter where they are from," said Officer Keith Murphy, Suffolk County PD.
“I’m sure they are heartbroken. I’m sure they are crushed. I’m sure they are extremely sad for his family," Officer Poulos said.
“It can happen to any one of us at anytime. It’s a risk we take every time we put the uniform on," Officer Murphy said.
There are many officers from across the nation in town for Sgt. Ansari’s funeral. During this overwhelming and difficult time, the Brotherhood for the Fallen is sending their support and peace to Ansari’s family of blue and family of blood.
“I’m sure they are coming together to honor him and celebrate his life. I’m sure they are in a tough spot right now, so any support that your community could give them would really help," Officer Poulos said.
These officers will be among the hundreds expected to pay their respects to Sgt. Ansari Saturday morning at Calvary Baptist Temple.