Visitation for a fallen hero: family, friends say goodbye to Ofc. Doss
DETROIT (WJBK) - Fallen Officer Glenn Doss is being called one of Detroit's finest, an American hero.
"Not all heroes wear capes and Officer Doss was definitely a hero," said Arnessa Pye, owner of O.H. Pye III Funeral Home.
Thursday evening inside Greater Grace Temple strangers, friends, comrades, and the family of fallen Detroit Police Officer Glenn Doss Jr. begin to say good bye. Doss, just 25 years old.
"We cannot even begin to imagine or understand the pain they are feeling or the burden they are under," said Senior Pastor Charles Ellis III, Greater Grace Temple.
The community is continuing to rally around those Doss has left behind, including his 9-month-old son.
"Thank God it seems that he has a great family," Ellis said. "And a great community that will help him to get through this."
Doss was with the Detroit Police Department for two years and was shot last week while responding to a domestic violence call. Doss later died in the hospital Sunday.
"When things go wrong, it goes real wrong as we see in this case," said Ellis. "I would certainly hope we pray for all those in our law enforcement community."
Ellis will deliver Doss's eulogy during his funeral Friday. Many others are stepping up to help, including Pye Funeral Home.
"My husband and I took it upon ourselves to help out in any way possible," said Pye. "This is truly an honor for us."
The city says generous donors who wish to remain anonymous, have also paid for the young officer's funeral. It will allow the money raised on the GoFundMe page to go directly to his family. If you would like to donate, go to https://www.gofundme.com/fight-for-glenn-doss
"That is the true testament of people who say I really do care about your loss," Ellis said.
And the Detroit Department of Transportation is deciding to help out as well.
"We heard there were a number of officers who obviously wanted to be there and this is a way that we can support. We stepped up and said hey you want to be there; we'll help you to get you there."
Meanwhile Gov. Rick Snyder sending condolences adding that "Glenn was a young, devoted police officer and will be deeply missed." Snyder ordered flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Officer Doss.
Senior Pastor Ellis hopes to uplift Doss's family Friday, and remind everyone to appreciate the time they still have together.
"We must value time because none of us know when our time is up," Ellis said. "But all of us have an appointed time."
Visitation continues until 9 p.m. at Greater Grace Temple on W. Seven Mile. On Friday the funeral will begin for the public at 11a.m.