HOUSTON – Law enforcement officers from the DEA, Border Patrol, Chicago and across Texas showed up and offered support to the family of Bellaire Police Sgt. Jimmie Norman during his funeral Saturday afternoon.
Before leading the fallen to his grave, they came to Houston’s First Baptist Church bearing salutes and grief.
“It’s a tough day for our city and it’s a touch day for police officers and everyone,” said Phil Nauert, mayor of Bellaire.
Burying Norman, Bellaire’s first police officer killed in the line of duty, touched officers in Corpus Christi, Baytown, Beaumont and beyond.
“It’s a sad day for us all,” said Officer Glenn Horn, of Stafford Police. “Everyone’s goal is to go to work and come home and do everything to make sure our co-workers go home.”
“Family and all his loved ones in town and around the country are going through a lot of grief over it,” said Eddie Murphy, a Patriot Guard rider.
“(Norman) was a wonderful man, not just a police officer,” said Jeannie Fosnight, Norman’s aunt. “Not everyone is the father he was. He loved all the little children. He used to tell me about children that ran away and taking them home and how said it was. He was a good man. He was a wonderful man.”
He died Christmas Eve. He was shot by Harlon Lewis III, a suspect dodging arrest outside a southwest Houston auto repair shop owned by Terry Taylor. It was Taylor who was gunned down when he tried to step in and help Norman.
“I’m feeling the hurt that the family feels and that the police department feels for this one fallen officer and also for the family of the other individual, Terry Taylor, who died trying to help,” Nauert said.
Bellaire’s mayor is not alone. Through the final salute to Norman, many of his loved ones found themselves thinking of others too.
“I wish the family of Mr. Taylor would be so honored since he died going out to help my nephew,” Fosnight said.