SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

A police officer guards SWAT Officer Randal Simmons' white hearse in front of the Crenshaw Christian Faith Dome on Vermont Ave.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Dozens of colorful wreaths surrounded the entrance to the church. The funeral began at 11 a.m.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Thousands of officers including members of the Jackon, New Jersey Police were on hand. The record number of attendees estimated at 10,000 easily surpassed the 3,500 crowd that attended the funeral of Los Angeles Police Chief William H. Parker in 1966.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates (left) received a standing ovation inside the church after Chief William Bratton introduced the various dignitaries, including City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and former Police Chief Bernard Parks. Gates created the SWAT team in 1967.

All photos by Christine Pelisek. More after the jump.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

A young member of Simmons' Glory Kids Ministries. Simmons founded the organization 11 years ago and offered a sidewalk church program for at-risk kids living in various low-income housing projects.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Simmons' second family. SWAT members gather with Gates outside the church just before the two-hour service.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Officers carry Simmons' casket into the church.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Simmons' mother, Constance Simmons, flanked by family members.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Simmons' wife, Lisa, watches as officers bring her husband's body into the church.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

LAPD Chief Bratton gave one of many eulogies memorializing Simmons' life and work.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Inside, thousands mourn.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

Vermont Ave. was closed for nearly 20 blocks giving plenty of parking space for LAPD cruisers.

SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell
SWAT Officer Simmons' Final Farewell

From 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., Vermont Avenue was closed between Manchester and Florence Avenues.

All photos by Christine Pelisek.

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