Law enforcement from all over the United States arrived in Warren early Wednesday morning to say goodbye to Illinois State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story.
“When you come through town, it seems like you can see a thousand American flags,” said Shawn Teske, District Superintendent and Principal of Warren Elementary.
The small town welcomed a large number of troopers and officers from all across the country who arrived to pay tribute at Trooper Jones-Story’s funeral.
For one local pastor, seeing the amount of support on display was overwhelming.
“The immediate response in the crisis is, ‘what can we do?’ Whether it be for people that they know or don’t know, because they are from Warren, it’s our town,” said Vicker Michelle Knight, the Intern Pastor for St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Officers came from as far away as Alaska for the funeral service at Warren High School, where she graduated in 2003.
“We’ve been watching as cars come into town, to see how far, exactly, they’ve traveled from, and it’s really heart warming that people all over are pulling togther for a loss to this community, especially one of theirs,” Knight said.
Teske said it took him no time at all to accept the responsibility of hosting the funeral. He said his students and staff have made everything possible, and he is confident everyone leaving today wil known that Trooper Jones-Story left a big impression on the small town.
“Something that we take pride in here, throughout Warren, [is our] sense of community and just showing visitors,” Teske said. “We’re having officers from all across the nation come here and let them know the type of environment that Brooke grew up in.”
A whole nation came together to celebrate the life of Trooper Brooke Jones-Story and relive her tour of duty one last time.