Funeral and procession honor fallen Galt police Officer Kevin Tonn | News
ROSEVILLE, CA - Thousands of uniformed men and women from agencies spanning from San Diego to Spokane, Washington, attended a memorial Monday for fallen Galt police Officer Kevin Tonn.
The ceremony was held at the Adventure Christian Church in Roseville.
"He gave the ultimate sacrifice, and as you've heard today, we know that greater love has no one than when they lay down their life for a friend, or for a city," said Detective Jarrett Tonn, Kevin Tonn's cousin.
For his family and friends, the somber ceremony marked a day of reflection. For those who worked alongside Tonn, the ceremony was a place to find closure.
"To honor my friend, partner and a hero in law enforcement. He's just one of the best guys I knew. [The ceremony] helps to bring closure, I guess," said police Sgt. Gerald Stoffel.
Inside the service, Tonn's life was painted by stories of his humor, his love for his K9 partner, Yaro, and most echoed: His passion in being a Galt police officer.
"Kevin didn't just like being a cop -- you can ask the people that he worked with. He loved being a cop, and I think even that might be quite an understatement," said Jarrett Tonn.
Kevin Tonn served with the Galt Police Department for three years. His friends say he went above and beyond the call for service.
"He was the kind of man that anyone would be proud to call a friend, a son or a partner," said Loren Cattolico, former Galt police chief.
Cattolico hired Tonn as a reserve, but the recruit's willingness to train, even at no pay, meant it wasn't long before he took on the role of K9 officer.
"Kevin Tonn lived a life that mattered. He touched all of our lives, and we're all better for it," Cattolico said.
"[They are] really up against the wall every day they're out there," said Darrell Martin, who stopped to watch the funeral procession from Roseville to Sacramento where Tonn would be buried.
Tonn was laid to rest at East Lawn Memorial Park.
The graveside service included full military and law enforcement honors.
One of his coworkers announced Tonn's last call for service.
"Galt police officer Kevin Tonn, K-9 Two, 10-7, end of watch."