WEST VALLEY CITY - Stepping outside the Valley View Memorial Mortuary Sunday, West Valley Chief of Police Lee Russo said the day was tough to handle, and tomorrow, could be even tougher.
“I’m scared to death of tomorrow," Chief Russo said. "The family has asked me to speak at the funeral, and it’s kind of the last goodbye."
Sunday and Monday are the culmination of a week-long emotional marathon for Officer Cody Brotherson's family and those who knew him best. Brotherson, 25, was killed Sunday, November 6th, while attempting to lay out spike strips during a police chase.
"Today it's real, it feels real," said Darren Richards, Officer Brotherson's uncle.
Richards spoke of his nephew's passions in life, which included cooking and cars.
"Cody was always planning his life, was full of ideas,” Richards noted.
Something special began to develop Sunday. Officers from departments all over the country, including Chicago and New York, showed up to honor Officer Brotherson as well.
“My former department in Kentucky sent officers," Chief Russo said. "So, that’s touching.”
Highlighting the special appearances was a special American Flag that was delivered Sunday afternoon.
"This particular flag has hung over 9/11 during the search and recovery," said West Valley Police Lieutenant Amy Maurer.
Hundreds are expected to show up on Monday at the Maverik Center in West Valley to say goodbye to Officer Brotherson during a funeral service that is open to the public.
The funeral begins at 10 a.m. and Fox 13 will stream it live online for those who are unable to attend in person. Click here for more details on parking, the procession route and associated road closures for the funeral.