Hundreds Honor Slain Sheriff's Detective
Hundreds of people attended the vigil for Detective Jeremiah MacKay Tuesday night. Mackay was the fourth person shot and killed by ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner Video by kmir6.comvideo
Hundreds of people attended the vigil for Detective Jeremiah MacKay Tuesday night.
MacKay was the fourth person shot and killed by ex-LAPD officer Christopher Dorner
Detective Jeremiah MacKay served with the San Bernardino Sheriff's Department for fifteen years.
His end of watch was February 12th.
He is remembered as a family man, a great friend and a dedicated officer.
The hum of the bagpipes nearly drowns out the sound of falling raindrops.
Cupping candles in their hands, hundreds of people honored the memory of Detective Jeremiah MacKay.
His father Alan, says Jeremiah always wanted to be an officer.
"Jeremiah was the type of person who loved everybody, just about everybody he came in contact with you know, he didn't put any pretenses out there, he was genuine, and what you got was what you saw from Jeremiah, a smile from ear to ear," said Alan MacKay.
MacKay is survived by his wife and two young children.
It was a somber evening as family, fellow officers and the community mourned the loss of Detective MacKay.
"His dedication, his great sense of humor, he had a wonderful smile, he loved being a cop. I would term him a cop's cop, and to me that is the highest honor that a law enforcement professional can give to another," said Captain Lee Hamblin, MacKay's commander at the San Bernardino Sheriff's Station in Yucaipa .
"He was always fun-loving, but he always took his job very seriously, and he gave his all for everybody," said Doug Wagner with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Jeremiah grew up in the San Bernardino mountains, and served his community as an officer for a decade in a half.
"People have come up to me and told me what a difference Jeremiah actually made in there lives, he touched so many people in so many different ways, and it's kind of overwhelming," said Alan MacKay.
The music is a fitting tribute to Detective MacKay, who played the bagpipes as another way to serve his community.
The funeral service for Detective MacKay is Thursday, February 21st at 11am at the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore.