Fallen Mich. State Trooper Laid To Rest

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

GLADWIN, Mich. (AP) -- The funeral of Michigan state trooper who died in a crash rushing to help other officers has ended with a helicopter flyover.

The funeral of 43-year-old Jeffrey Werda lasted more than two hours drew about 2,000 emergency personnel from as far as California to Gladwin High School, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit.

Gov. Rick Snyder thanked Werda's family for the sacrifice they had made. Attorney General Bill Schuette also attended.

The crackle of a police radio over the auditorium's speakers announced the final call for Werda, who died early Wednesday.

Troopers ceremoniously folded a U.S. flag draping his casket and delivered it along with three other flags to Werda's wife, Tammy, and their three children sitting a few feet away.

Werda was assigned to the Michigan State Police post in Bridgeport. He was responding to a call for backup when he apparently lost control and crashed in Taymouth Township, about 70 miles northwest of Detroit. A 23-year-old man officers were chasing is being held on charges including fleeing and eluding police.

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