A hope for healing after the funeral of Sgt. Chris Kelley
The patrol cars that filled the parking lot at Shoreline Church are from across Texas. It's a show of unity not just for Sgt. Chris Kelley and his family but for the communities protected by the officers who drove here.
Deep sadness hung over the church courtyard as an honor guard brought out Kelley's body. The flag that was draped over his casket was then given to his family.
Many of the law enforcement officers who quietly stood around Sgt. Kelley's family never knew the Hutto lawman but it's an example of the bond forged by the badge.
"It brings the community together and unfortunately it's one of those things that its takes a tragedy like this to really make that happen, that's what so terrible about it but if there is a positive that comes out of it, that is definitely the one," said Southlake Police Officer Tyler Sewell.
For some, there is hope Sgt. Kelley's tragic death will quell at least temporarily the anger that's been directed lately at authorities.
"While we are watching this national narrative unfold that talks about bad policing and the mistakes cops make, I think communities here really do suport law enforcement and really do come together in times like this when an officer falls,"said Cedar Park Police Chief Sean Mannix.
Chris Kelley was not just a cop, he was also an American serviceman. That's why representatives from Goodfellow Air Force Base, where he was once based- also drove in from San Angelo.
"He was a little bit before our time, but he also attended many training days, hung around the unit a lot, and he was always there for us," said Staff Sgt. Kadey Fascione.
The ceremony closed with the traditional fly over - that turned into a missing man formation. There was also a final dispatch and the presentation of a riderless horse. A motorcade then left for a private burial in Killeen.
As a father and husband Chris Kelley can never really be replaced but at some point another person with a badge will step forward and continue his patrol protecting the community he served.