Law enforcement officers from around nation come to San Diego to honor fallen SDPD officer

Posted at 1:08 PM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 16:08:21-04

SAN DIEGO - Thousands of law enforcement officers from San Diego and across the nation attended Friday's procession for fallen SDPD Officer Jonathan De Guzman.

For Seattle Police Department Det. Debra Pelich, it's her third officer funeral in the last month. She showed 10News her patches from Dallas, Baton Rouge and now San Diego.

Officers came from Nevada, Connecticut, Louisiana and New York, among other states. They said they were touched by De Guzman's sacrifice, and what they've seen in San Diego.

"This job is a calling," said Alex Nezgodinsky of the Louisiana State Police. "Doesn't matter what uniform you wear, what badge, what state you're from; we all do what we do to protect the people that we serve. That's why there's such a strong turnout, we have each other's back."

Patrolman Scott Allard, who came from West Haven, Connecticut, said it is hard to fathom what has been happening.

"My emotions are all over the place," he said. "I'm angry, sad, mostly angry that people can actually do this to another human being."

Pelich said she is also looking for answers.

"There is sadness; you have to question yourself, what's going on in this?" she said. "But once again, we need to keep that communication going to come to the nucleus of it and say how do we change this?"