MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WISN) - Blue flowers decorated the sign outside Brookfield's Elmbrook Church on Saturday, where mourners remembered Milwaukee Officer Charles Irvine Jr. as a dedicated public servant who grew up with a dream of helping others.
"Chuckie was an honorable police officer that at a young age, early in his career, had already been affecting lives to the positive," Milwaukee Police Association president Mike Crivello told the hundreds that gathered. "He embraced his vocation, his calling, with an undeniable professional caring persona well beyond his years."
Pastor Jason Webb said that though he'd never met Irvine, he considered him a friend.
"He laid down his life protecting the citizens of Milwaukee. He laid down his life for me as a resident of Milwaukee in Sherman Park," Webb said.
Among the attendees was Irvine's K-4 teacher at Northpoint Lutheran School, who remembered her former student as always knowing what he wanted to do with his life.
"Even at that time, he did want to be a police officer," said Lynn Garrow. "He didn't really verbalize why all the time, but he did say he wants to be a police man and he drew a picture of it.
Irvine, 23, was killed June 7 when the squad car he was in rolled near North 76th Street and West Silver Spring Drive during a pursuit. The man they were pursuing was later arrested and charged with 11 felonies and a misdemeanor.
A procession earlier Saturday transported Irvine's body from Jelacic Funeral Home to
Elmbrook Church, where a visitation was held from 9 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral.
Afterward, a procession of squads took Irvine to Forest Home Cemetery for a private family service.