DETROIT (WJBK) - Men and women in blue lined the streets to say goodbye to fallen Officer Glenn Doss Jr. - but it is a small example of the lives he touched.
It was a heartwarming moment as Detroit said goodbye to a hero, killed in the line of duty.
The end of watch call caused silent tears to fall on Friday for murdered Detroit Police Officer Glenn Doss Jr. with the department two years and just 25 years old.
"He is an example of positivity, dedication and integrity - and will never be forgotten," said DPD Chief James Craig.
Thousands packed Detroit's Greater Grace Temple to say goodbye. Doss leaves behind so many fellow officers, friends and his loving family including his fiancé Emily and his infant son. Eli.
"He was a great guy," said Glenn Doss, Sr. "It was an honor to be his dad."
Police from across the country and Canada came to pay their respects.
"It's a very strong feeling to have so many people that are showing up here and taking time out of their day," said Officer Jeff Bonhomme, Windsor Border Service. "We are a family."
Along with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.
"He loved his job because he knew what he was doing was important," Duggan said. "Detroit is a better place today because of Officer Glenn Doss."
Governor Rick Snyder also sent love to Doss’ family.
"Officer Doss' life made us better," Snyder said. "He only wanted to make the world better for others. Let's continue that spirit and in his spirit, work each and every day to make the world better ourselves."
Those there thanked every man and woman in blue.
"This young man gave everything that he could, he put it all on the line," said Sr. Pastor Charles H. Ellis III of Greater Grace Temple.
Doss' father, Glenn Doss, Sr., is asking a small favor.
"Anytime you see an officer, just go up to the officer, give them $2 and say hey you're on our side," he said.
Before his son is laid to rest, that somber feeling slowly lifted, turning to joy and appreciation.
"First governor to come to a police funeral, the mayor, I am blown away," said Retired Assit. Police Chief Steve Dolunt. "It shows that maybe the tide is turning."
Not just for Doss and the sacrifice he made.
"I could just see the love he had for everybody," said Sandra Armstrong, a family friend. "And everybody had the love for him."
Also for the sacrifice these men and women make every day.
"When we look at the pendulum of law enforcement... swinging back. That's my hope and dream."