ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- The city of Rockford estimates nearly 2000 people will pay their respects and say their final goodbye to Officer Jaimie Cox who died last Sunday while performing a routine traffic stop. The visitation for Officer Cox began this afternoon around 3.
"We've lost a good guy,” said friend of Officer Cox, Robert Blokus.
More than a thousand people make their way to First Free Church this afternoon to honor, pay respects and say a final goodbye to Officer Jaimie Cox who died in the line of duty last week.
"It was really tough because he was a great guy,” said Blokus.
Many friends of Officer Cox say the impact he had on their life is indiscernible, but his ability to make people laugh and smile will always be remembered.
"Great sense of humor, standup guy, bend over backwards to help anybody,” said Blokus.
Many people who didn't even know officer cox made sure to honor him and his family, especially fellow men and women in blue.
'It's not just the Rockford Police Department that hurts, but it's every police officer around this world and this country that puts the uniform on and puts the badge on,” said Commander Ronald Pontecore of the Chicago Police Department.
Commander Pontecore is part of the Brotherhood for the Fallen organization that sends officers from all over the country to funerals of officers that have died in the line of duty.
"We know what we're getting into when we sign up and when we go out for our day of duty, it might be the last time our loved ones see us and what we want them to know is they are not alone. We stand with them,” said Commander Pontecore.
Services for Officer Cox are being done with the highest of honors for the former army national guard's service to both our country and our community.
The funeral service for Officer Cox will be at First Free Church on the corner of Spring Creek and Mulford Roads. The public is encouraged to park at Cityfirst Church where there will be a shuttle taking people over to First Free.