(Las Vegas, NV)- Hearts were heavy today as the community paid their respects and said their good-byes to slain Officer Igor Soldo.
Thousands packed Canyon Ridge Christian Church where they heard from a number of close friends of Officer Soldo. Officer Dave Walker was one of the first to address the crowd. He described his friend as someone who was funny and loyal. Though painful to handle, Officer Walker made the entire auditorium smile and laugh with one of his stories. Through tears he told the crowd about how their relationship changed after the birth of Soldo’s son, Logan.
“I started getting pictures of Igor and Logan. I would see him with Logan over at the house and it was clear…our once epic bromance was being replaced,” said Ofc. Walker. He went on to say he looks forward to being able to one day tell Logan how great a man his dad was.
It was these types of funny stories that helped those in attendance handle the pain. Former Metro Captain Larry Burns also addressed the crowd. The funeral program said Officer Soldo enthusiastically supported Burns’ campaign.
“You are missing out today if you don’t tell someone that is important to you how much you love them,” said Burns.
After the ceremony, hundreds headed towards Palm Mortuary and Cemetery on N. Jones. Hundreds of uniformed police officers lined the grass and stood for more than one hour for their chance to salute the fallen hero. The triple digit heat caused some of the officers to faint.
At the cemetery, “Taps” was played and the American flag was folded and handed to Soldo’s wife, Andrea. She accepted the flag and grasped onto it while weeping. The bagpipes then played “Amazing Grace” followed by a helicopter flyover. A dispatcher came over the speaker system, indicating Officer Soldo’s end of watch, telling him to rest in peace. Then, one by one, each of the uniformed police officers walked up to the casket and saluted their fellow brother.
A Funeral service for Officer Alyn Beck, who was also killed in Sunday’s Ambush, is set for Saturday at 9A.M at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.