IMPD honors officer on 10-year anniversary of his death

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The community joined together Monday to remember an IMPD officer killed in the line of duty ten years ago.

A decade ago, 31-year-old Jake Laird was shot by a gunman during a 16-minute shooting spree in a south side neighborhood.

IMPD honored Laird in a dedication ceremony Monday afternoon at IMPD's Southeast District on South Shelby Street.

His family has been active in remembering their son, and in giving back.

"To them it's a fallen officer, to us it's our child and you have this whole team of people who are just paying the utmost respect and honor to our child so it means everything," said Debbie Laird, Officer Laird's mother.

The family has set up a memorial fund in officer Laird's memory.

Just a few years ago, they donated much-needed jackets to the Honor Guard.

Each year they hold an annual golf tournament as a fundraiser for various police and firefighter causes throughout the state of Indiana.

As of 2012, the fund has raised more than $300,000.