LIVE BLOG: Officer David Romrell's funeral


    Officer David Romrell's funeral. (Photo: KUTV)

    (KUTV) -- For up to the minute updates on funeral proceedings for officer David Romrell's funeral, you can follow this live blog. Updates will be provided at the top of this page as they come in.


    12:30 p.m. -- The funeral program is over. The procession out of the Maverik Center, beginning with Romrell's body has begun.

    The procession out of the Maverik Center, beginning with Romrell's body. (KUTV)

    12:27 p.m. -- Closing prayer given by Romrell's brother-in-law Mike Legerski.

    12:22 p.m. -- South Salt Lake Mayor Cherrie Wood issues closing remarks.

    Wood makes December 18, 2018 a day of remembrance in honor of Romrell.

    "He leaves behind a legacy of honor."

    12:18 p.m. -- "Crazy" by Royal Bliss being played at the funeral.

    12:17 p.m. -- Marines do a push-up salute.

    12:05 p.m. -- Andrew Horrocks, USMC speaking.

    "I love you Romrell, 'til we meet again."


    Andrew Horrocks, USMC speaking. (KUTV)

    12:04 p.m. -- Marine cadence begins.

    Marine cadence (KUTV)

    11:53 a.m. -- Master Sergeant Scott Hall begins speaking (excerpts):

    "He wanted to please everyone."

    "No matter how much negativity would come down... it didn't matter, he was ready to do it."

    Master Sergeant Scott Hall speaks (KUTV)

    11:35 a.m. -- South Salt Lake Police Chief Jack Carruth begins speaking (excerpts):

    "The events of that night have changed the lives of David's family and the South Salt Lake family."

    "When the unimaginable news came that David was gone, hundreds of officers gathered in the hospital to honor him and his family."

    "Elizabeth if you could see through my eyes right now, you'd see an amazing amount of love shining down on you."

    "David was much more than a warrior, he served the community."

    "David fought like a police officer, he fought like a Marine."

    "I wrote my own quote for David: 'When an officer's heart is larger than their courage, there should be no better guardian wearing the badge.'"

    "He had no idea of all the great things he would accomplish."

    "My last conversation with David consisted of how excited he was to be a father."

    "We will not allow the anger we felt and still feel to consume us or to change who we are or what we stand for."

    "Elizabeth, you are a true example of perseverance."

    "We will always and forever remember David. He will forever be in our hearts."

    South Salt Lake Police Chief Jack Carruth (KUTV)

    11:32 a.m. -- Jason Hewlitt begins singing Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are."

    Jason Hewlitt begins singing Bruno Mars' "Just The Way You Are." (KUTV)

    11:29 a.m. -- A love letter from Romrell's widow is being read (excerpts)

    "You loved me for me and you loved us for us."

    "I need you to know how incredibly special you are to me."

    "You made me stronger."

    "I will never be able to cry with someone the way I did with you."

    "David, you opened my heart and showed me how to love unconditionally."

    "Most importantly you brought me Jackson, our little critter."

    "He will know no one could make him laugh the way his daddy could.

    "Please know I will love our son with every ounce of my soul."

    "I will love you forever, Liz."

    11:27 a.m. -- "We are humbled and heartbroken to be gathered here as we mourn, celebrate, and honor the life of David Romrell," Sergeant Matt Oehler in the opening prayer.

    "We are humbled and heartbroken to be gathered here as we mourn, celebrate, and honor the life of David Romrell," Sergeant Matt Oehler in the opening prayer. (KUTV)

    11:24 a.m. -- The funeral is officially underway as South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood conducts.

    Officer David Romrell's funeral. (Photo: KUTV)

    11:19 a.m. -- Romrell's widow and infant son are saluted as they pay their respects.

    Officer David Romrell's widow and infant son. (Photo: KUTV)

    11:16 a.m. -- The casket is proceeding down the aisle into place for Romrell's funeral.

    Officer David Romrell's funeral. (Photo: KUTV)

    11:13 a.m. -- The procession into the Maverik Center has begun.

    Officer David Romrell's funeral. (Photo: KUTV)

    11:08 a.m. -- People file in for Romrell's funeral as officers from multiple agencies stand to honor the fallen hero.

    Officer David Romrell's funeral. (Photo: KUTV)

    11:03 a.m. -- The funeral for Romrell is about to begin. KUTV is live on air and Facebook and Twitter.

    10:50 a.m. -- “When tragedies like this strike, and when pain like this hits, there are truly no boundaries between jurisdictions and cities,” - South Salt Lake Chief of Police Jack Carruth said.


    10:25 a.m. -- The casket carrying Officer Romrell has been moved into the arena area in preparation for the 11:00 a.m. funeral service.

    9:08 a.m. -- The funeral program for officer David Romrell's funeral has been released.


    Officer David Romrell's funeral. (Photo: Morgan Saxton, KUTV)

    The funeral will feature three speakers:

    • South Salt Lake Police Chief Jack Carruth
    • Master Sergeant Scott Hall
    • Andrew Horrocks, USMC

    Two musical numbers will be performed:

    • Bruno Mars' hit, Just The Way You Are, performed by Jason Hewlett
    • Crazy, by Royal Bliss

    6:30 a.m. -- Officer David Romrell's casket has arrived at The Maverik Center in West Valley City



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