ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — Law enforcement from across the county are traveling to Colorado to pay their last respects to fallen Adams County sheriff’s deputy Heath Gumm.
The Brotherhood for the Fallen is a nonprofit volunteer organization with a handful of chapters across the country in cities such as New York City, Chicago, Dallas and Boston.
It raises money to send officers to every police funeral nationwide.
“We’re here to show our support for [Gumm’s] family and his friends and the entire city of Denver,” New York police officer Fairoze Edoo said.
Edoo is one of dozens of law enforcement who traveled hundreds and thousands of miles for Gumm’s funeral on Friday.
“I’ve seen Dallas, I’ve seen Forth Worth, I’ve seen Chicago,” he said. “Literally all over the country coming to pay their respects for a stranger, but a brother.”
There are several other police departments that have sent independent groups ahead of the funeral, including Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Omaha, nebraska.
“We’re there to make sure that he has the proper sendoff,” Edoo said.
He said it’s also important for Gumm’s family to see the support from the entire blue family.
“We had a one-on-one moment with the family and to see their reaction when they see cops from out of state that are there for them, that are there for their department,” Edoo said.
“It was the most gut-wrenching feeling that I’ve had as a police officer. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t shed a tear because this is what we do.”