WEST DES MOINES, Iowa - Thousands turned out Friday morning to pay respects and say farewell to fallen Officer Carlos Puente-Morales.
Officer Puente-Morales lost his life in a crash last weekend, along with fellow Officer Susan Farrell, and two others.
"Today we have hope, for we know, that for all the good that this brother of ours has done, and to whom today we say farewell, for all the care and service, that he provided to others, God giveth him life forever," said Father Fabian Moncada.
"Through the tears and deep sorrow we must thank God for Carlos, he was an exceptional man," said Father Ray McHenry. "And we were blessed by his remarkable selflessness. He served with special distinction as a member of the Iowa National Guard, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. He was deeply cherished by his family, by his communities, but his Catholic sisters and brothers and in particular by the Knights of Columbus. For the gift he has been in his 34 years, we owe a deep gratitude to God."
A memorial fund has been set up for Officer Puente-Morales. Both his and Officer Susan Farrell's names are expected to be added to the Iowa Peace Officer Memorial at the State Capitol before its annual memorial service on May 6.