Local chaplains give advice to the commmunity on grieving

ROCKFORD, Ill (WIFR)--- Pastor Dan Herman who has been chaplain for 14 years says it's important for the community to remember that law enforcement officials are human too.

Herman says the death of a police officer is so greatly felt because they are the ones they keep order and suddenly the person that is supposed to protect is gone.

"We forget really how human they are, they show up they're in their badge, they're in their uniform, they present and we forget that inside that vest is really a great human being," says Pastor Herman.

Former chaplain for the Rockford police and fire department, Lou Ness, says the best thing to do in these situations is to listen.

"There's not much you can say, there's nothing to say to anybody in the midst of this horrible situation. A son is dead, a father is dead, a friend is dead. There's a hole in multiple communities, there's nothing I can say but I can listen," says Ness.