WASHINGTON, Pa. (KDKA) – About 2,000 mourners are expected for the funeral of East Washington Borough Police Officer John Dryer.

Dryer, 46, was shot and killed while making a traffic stop along Interstate 70 late Sunday night.

“It’s an honor to serve as a police officer to begin with,” Diane Richard, a spokeswoman for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, said. “Every day our officers our officers put their lives on the line and there’s nothing more befitting than an officer who lost his or her life in the line of duty to be given full honors.”

Because the City of Pittsburgh learned through its own experiences in planning the funeral for three city police officers killed in the line of duty back in April of 2009, Pittsburgh’s expertise has become invaluable.

“It’s a huge undertaking, but we believe in putting our officers to rest in an honorable fashion and that’s with all, you know, all police services,” Richard said. “So, it’s a lot of people coming together to help in the preparation for laying our officers, our brother officers to rest.”

Visitation for Officer Dryer will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Neal Funeral Home at 925 Allison Avenue in Washington, Pa. It will continue Thursday from 2-4 and 6-8.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington. He will be buried in West Middletown Cemetery.


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