Hundreds of police officers and 650 police cruisers from the Mid-South, the South and as far away as Washington, D.C., paid their respects to Memphis policewoman Martoiya Lang Thursday evening in a "Sea of Blue."
The officers traveled in their cruisers some 15 miles from North Hollywood Street and I-40 East in Memphis to Hope Presbyterian Road on Walnut Grove Road in Cordova, where a wake and funeral will take place at the church.
"We have officers from all across the country. It's the 'Sea of Blue,'" said Memphis Police Lt. Tina Halfacre.
Lt. Halfacre's friend sacrificed her life while performing the job she loved.
Officer Lang, a nine-year veteran of Memphis police, was gunned down Dec. 14 while she was serving a drug warrant with her partner.
"Very outgoing, she was wanting to be the first that day," Lt. Halfacre recalled of her friend. "She wanted to be the one that kicked in the door."
Underneath the silent procession of blue flashing lights and no sound, officers felt a loud tribute of unity.
"We're a neighboring agency and we often times work jointly with them," said DeSoto County, Miss., Sheriff's Dept. Deputy Mike Cowan. "It's one of us we're all brothers and sisters in this field. Really important to come out here and show our solidarity."
The"Sea of Blue" procession was just one of many tributes in the past week that have paid respect to the fallen officer.
The 'Sea of Blue' streamed east on I-40 passing the Berclair neighborhood where Officer Lang was killed. While some officers traveled across the country to take part, this scene hit home for everyone.
"It's a heavy heart," Dep. Cowan said. "We're out here trying to show respect for the family, and for our brothers and sisters. We all know everyday when we go to work it could be us."
The procession offered comfort to the same uniform family Officer Lang held close to her heart. Now her fellow officers plan to lean on each other to start the long process of healing.
"It helps a lot, it really does; to just see everyone come together as one," Lt. Halfacre said. "There is only one color, and it's blue."
FOX13 News reporter Bofta Yimam contributed to this report.
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