Officer David Romrell remembered as 'courageous warrior' at funeral
(KUTV) -- South Salt Lake Officer David Romrell, who was killed in the line of duty Nov. 24, was laid to rest Wednesday.
In a funeral service that began at 11 a.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Romrell's Marine comrades, police colleagues, family and friends paid tribute to the 31-year-old known as a "courageous warrior."
South Salt Lake Police Chief Jack Carruth said as a featured speaker at Romrell's funeral:
David was a warrior, a protector, a servant to his country and to our community... In David’s last stand, he was a warrior he fought the sheep dog. He fought like a police officer and he fought like a Marine.
Romrell succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a car occupying two burglary suspects near 3575 S. West Temple.
Felix Calata, also 31, was the driver of the Chevrolet Impala that ran down Romrell. Calata was shot and killed when police opened fire on the car.
Jeffrey Black, who was a passenger in the car, is awaiting felony charges related to Romrell's death and being held in the Salt Lake County Jail.
An emotional moment in the service was when family friend, Michelle Watts, read a letter from Romrell's wife, Elizabeth, who is the mother of the couple's 4-month-old son, Jackson.
The letter read:
To my darling David, I never thought that I would be writing you this letter. I want you to know how much I love you. I still remember the night that our eyes met across the crowded room. We were both initially to shy to build up the courage speak to one another. In that moment, I knew I had met my best friend and the love of my life. Four years of courtship, eight years of marriage and one baby Jackson later, we are still together, more in love than I could have imagined. You meant everything to me in this life time. You loved me for me and you loved us for us. I need you to know how incredibly special you are to me. You are my light. I always felt happy when you came home. You know I would be OK because you saw my strengths even if I did not. You brought me joy, happiness, excitement and adventure - most importantly you brought me Jackson. He will know that daddy was a warrior. He will know how brave, strong and loving his father was. He will know the love his daddy has for him every day. Our son will know that you would do anything to protect him, ultimately giving your life to make sure he was safe. I love you. I will always love you. I know you will be there whenever i need you. I will love you forever, Liz.
Master Sgt. Scott Hall served with Romrell in the Marines. He recounted how Romrell worked 24 hours a day and created multiple friendships during his deployment overseas. Hall said:
David Romrell he meant a lot to his Marines. He will forever be missed by all his brothers in arms, brothers in blue, family and friends.
Andrew Horrocks, also from the Marines, echoed the sentiment of Hall by saying:
He left a good impression on everyone that met him. He may be gone but he will not be forgotten. I will surely miss his advice as well as his big, great hugs.
Retired police officer Kevin Wyatt painted a picture of Romrell's softer, funnier side by saying the made behind the badge was jokester. He said Romrell was light-hearted with everyone and "genuine to everyone."
Musical numbers performed at the service included Bruno Mars' hit, Just The Way You Are, performed by Jason Hewlett and Crazy, by local band, Royal Bliss.
Romrell’s casket was transported to Larkin Mortuary in Sandy following the funeral where graveside services took place. He is the third officer in Utah's history to be killed by being run down by a vehicle.
Those interested may still donate to a GoFundMe account for Romrell's widow and infant son.