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Community lines procession to honor fallen Phoenix detective

(Source: Adam Longo, CBS 5 News) (Source: Adam Longo, CBS 5 News)
(Source: Adam Longo, CBS 5 News) (Source: Adam Longo, CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

The procession for fallen Detective John Hobbs involved hundreds of officers with many on motorcycles.

There were even more people on the sides of the road helping to pay their respects.

People were staking out their spots early Monday, many were standing and some held American flags.

On 67th Avenue, just north of the Loop 101, dozens were camped out on the sidewalks.

They came from all parts of the Valley to ensure Hobbs got a proper send-off, a send-off befitting a hero.

Waving flags as the procession went past, there was silence.

While the number of vehicles seemed too great to count, the sentiment was equally immeasurable.

"I have no words. It's a big loss, especially a father (who) left kids behind and a wife," Sergio Rodriguez said.

Kaila Templeton, whose husband serves on the Maricopa County Sheriff's SWAT Team, was along the procession route to personally honor Hobbs on his final journey home.

"When you have a husband that does the same thing, you hurt for the wife and the kids," Templeton said. 

While her own kids are on spring break, she brought them to teach them respect for authority as well as how fragile life can be.

"I want my kids to remember to treat each other like we should all the time" Templeton said.

Long after the hearse carrying Hobbs' casket drove by, the procession of patrol cars, buses and fire engines continued for miles.

Through it all, 8-year-old Jarren Templeton waved his flag hoping to send a message to the grieving family.

"To bless their family and that they can be safe without their dad," Jarren said.

There was another sign of respect and appreciation at the entrance of Phoenix Memorial Park and Cemetery where two fire trucks had ladders up, flying the American flag as hundreds of police officers entered the area.

A gun salute was part of Monday's interment for Hobbs. Several minutes later, his family was presented the American flag by Phoenix police Chief Daniel Garcia.

Hobbs was fatally shot by a fugitive while making an arrest in Phoenix on March 3.

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