The Rev. James Bramlage expects the funeral for slain Cincinnati Police Officer Daniel Pope to not only recognize how he gave his life to protect others, but also the risks police officers face on the job daily.
''These are the people who guard the common safety and in doing that put their lives on the line everyday,'' said Father Bramlage, pastor of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral. He will officiate today's 1 p.m. funeral Mass for Officer Pope at the cathedral, Eighth and Plum streets.
Officer Pope, and his police partner, Spc. Ronald Jeter, were gunned down Friday night while serving an arrest warrant in Clifton Heights.
Although the police officers met a violent end, the Father Bramlage said the funeral is an opportunity to find a measure of peace.
''The funeral liturgy is one of seeking reconciliation, seeking peace with the whole issue of death,'' he said.
The Bible readings will include an Old Testament story about life cut short as well as a New Testament verse about Jesus Christ promising his disciples that they will be with him in heaven. Musical selections will include ''Amazing Grace'' and ''How Great Thou Art.'' The cathedral's music director, Anthony DiCello, will play the organ, and Royce Winters will lead the singing.
The police chaplain, the Rev. Mark Pruden, will eulogize Officer Pope during the homily portion of the Mass.
The pallbearers will be Cincinnati Fire District Chief Paul Weber; Cincinnati Police Officer Tim Haines; police Sgt. Christopher Ruehmer; police Officer Michael Drexelius; a friend, Chris Metzne; and Officer Pope's brother, Fire Capt. Robert Pope Jr.
There will also be seven honorary pallbearers.
Between 2,000 and 3,000 mourners, including family, friends and colleagues from all over the country, are expected to attend the service. Because of the expected crowds, the church basement and the Albert B. Sabin Convention Center will provide space for mourners to view the service on television.
Television stations WKRC, WCPO and WLWT will carry the funeral Mass live.
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