LONGMONT, Colo. -- A Colorado State Patrol trooper struck and killed by a car during last week's blizzard was honored before being laid to rest.
Members of law enforcement and firefighters as well as the public waited along the funeral procession for 52-year-old Cpl. Dan Groves on Thursday in Longmont.
Speaking at the packed service, Gov. Jared Polis described Groves leaving a lucrative job in IT because he felt a "calling" to help people.
Groves was hit by a driver as he was helping another driver who had slid off Interstate 76.
“He was someone who took his job seriously, but was never someone who took himself seriously,” Polis said.
Groves served in the state patrol for 12 years after working in technology in Chicago and is survived by his partner of two years.
"Dan told me when he got hired by Colorado, it was one of the greatest moments of his life," said Trooper Randy Noftsger.
The service was filled with somber emotions, but there were also laughs.
"Drive halfway across the country to see Jimmy Buffet? Mark Dan down as a 'yes.' Borrow his parents' RV and drive 10 friends to spring break? No problem," said Chris Remington, Groves' friend from college.
Groves is the fourth state trooper to be killed since 2015 while responding to an accident. His death renewed calls for drivers to slow down when they see accidents.
“The heartache felt since last Wednesday is simply immeasurable,” CSP Chief Matthew Packard said. “The reason Dan is not here today can never be acceptable. It can’t. We must learn from Dan’s sacrifice.AlertMe