Daughter remembers slain Gary officer at funeral - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Daughter remembers slain Gary officer at funeral

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GARY, Ind. - The daughter of a slain Gary police officer thanked hundreds of police officers for turning out for his funeral, telling them he was someone special who always made her feel safe.
    
Allie Westerfield told those gathered at the Genesis Convention Center on Monday for the funeral of Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield that she knew if she needed him, she could always count on her father.
    
Officers from Indiana, Illinois and elsewhere paid their respects to Westerfield, who was found fatally shot in his car early July 6, his 47th birthday. Authorities have said a person of interest is being held at the Lake County Jail but no charges have been filed in the slaying.
    
Sen. Joe Donnelly told family members that people throughout Indiana were broken-hearted over Westerfield's death and praying for them.

Deputy Police Chief Larry McKinley says Westerfield was known to many as "the mayor of Black Oak" for his work in the neighborhood on Gary's southwest side where he lived and patrolled.

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