WESTLAKE, LA (KPLC) - The tears say it all, a life taken too soon. Iowa Police Corporal Bryan Meche touched a lot of people in his short time on Earth. Meche died last Thursday when he was electrocuted doing work at his family's home in Texas.
"And isn't this what it's all about. We come together today to say our final farewell to Bryan - here on Earth the family comes together," said Deacon Fred Reed, St. John Bosco Catholic Church.
All of his family came out, including his work family. His brothers and sisters of the badge escorting him to his final resting place at Magnolia Cemetery. But the honors didn't stop there, Meche was also a member of the National Guard Military Police. Recently back home from a year long tour in Iraq, his platoon sent him off with full military honors - complete with Taps and a 21-gun salute.
Bryant Labiche served with Meche overseas. He remembers the patriot who was always there for everyone else. "On July 4th in Iraq, Meche took his time to cook gumbo for every single person that was living at that camp... The cops, the marines, the national guardsmen - all of them that were over there. He was always willing to give everything for anybody," recalled Labiche.
For his service, sacrifice and passion for helping others, Meche's family was given an American flag. A symbol to honor the soldier, officer and son they'll never forget.
Corporal Bryan Meche was 24 years old.