A silent tribute 

City honors fallen IPD officer

City honors fallen IPD officer

The honor guard stood at attention in the shade of the trees. A flag hung low over the entrance, a light breeze catching and blowing it out toward the city. Hundreds of patrol cars silently made their way past the gates, lights flashing, sirens switched off — a silent tribute to a fallen hero: Indianapolis Police Department officer Timothy “Jake” Laird.

People lined the street leading up to Crown Hill’s entrance. Police officers from around the state and from as far away as Kentucky and Michigan attended the services at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church where Laird was posthumously awarded the department’s Medal of Honor.

In January of this year, a collection of rifles and handguns were confiscated from the home of Kenneth Anderson. By March, they were returned to him. Despite the fact that Anderson had been diagnosed as a schizophrenic, the Police Department had no legal grounds to keep the weapons. In the early morning hours of Aug. 18, Anderson used these guns to wound four Indianapolis police officers, kill his mother and Laird.

Carol Morris and her sons James and Michael attended the visitation at Crown Hill funeral home on Sunday. They were at the funeral Monday to pay their final respects. “How could they give those guns back to him [Anderson],” said Carol, wiping tears from her eyes. “They were taken away for a reason. He was using a gun he never should have had. It’s totally senseless.”

Laird leaves behind a wife and a 7-year-old daughter, Kaylee Laird. A trust fund has been set up and donations can be made to the Kaylee Laird Trust Fund at the Indianapolis Police Department Credit Union, 1502 E. Washington St., Indianapolis IN 46201. Stickers are also being sold at various locations for $5. The money from their sale will be donated to the trust fund as well.

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