LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Hundreds of Louisville Metro Police Department officers gathered alongside Chief Steve Conrad Wednesday as they said their final goodbyes to one of their own.
Law enforcement officials from all over the Commonwealth joined them to say goodbye to an officer lost too soon.
The majority of the people who filled Saint Michael Catholic Church wore blue, a sign of love and respect for the family of Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Jason Schweitzer, 37.
"We say goodbye my dear friend, this world is not fair," Father Richard Sullivan, of St. Michael Catholic Church, said.
Father Sullivan compared Schweitzer to Saint Michael - a great defender, kind, gentle, protector and true.
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"Jason was a gentle and kind protector and hopefully every time we come to church and look at Saint Michael we will be reminded of Jason," he said.
Schweitzer's father Steve Schweitzer wrote his son's eulogy and asked his friend Jefferson County Deputy Sheriff Larry Bush to read it.
"We will miss his laugh and his hugs and kisses, I will get them from Jessica, Avery, Jackson and his mom Carol," he read.
Steve Schweitzer said his son loved his family, the force and the FOP and had a passion for life and the University of Louisville Cardinals. He said he probably took in Saturday's win before he left this Earth.
"Guiding Lamar Jacksons pass into the receivers hands what a passion," he said.
He asked the crowd not to forget that another man was killed alongside his son.
"As you honor him today please do not forget that another man, Timothy Moore, was tragically ripped from his family and we should remember him and his family in our prayers," he said.
Police said Jason Schweitzer and Moore were killed by a drunk driver in Lexington. He asked them to raise a sober glass to honor his son.
"Raise a glass of water, tea, soft drink, no alcohol today or tonight, to Deaden the pain we all feel," he said.
"Jason's final words may be the words that echo in my head from the games, 'go Cards,' goodbye my son #teamschweitz forever," Steve Schweitzer said.
After the service, it was emotional as school children from St. Michael waited with American flags as the officer's hearse drove by on its way to his final resting place in Cave Hill Cemetery.
Det. Schweitzer leaves behind his pregnant wife Jessica and a daughter.