FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Family and friends of fallen Fort Worth police officer Garrett Hull gathered for his funeral Friday.
Hull’s family, close friends and fellow officers were there when his casket was brought in by a horse-drawn wagon. In a service before the burial, a pastor said the size of the remembrance was evidence of Hull’s influence.
Hundreds of police filled the Fort Worth church Friday, recognizing an officer respected by his peers and a man loved by his family and friends.
Although a criminal may have shot Hull, one pastor said he didn’t stop the officer.
“You can’t do that. You can’t stop someone like Garrett. It’s obvious here. His influence can’t be stopped,” said Dr. Ted Kitchens.
Last week, Hull was shot and killed during a sting operation to capture robbery suspects in Fort Worth. The suspect who killed Hull was fatally shot during a gun battle with police. Two others were arrested.
Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald promoted Hull to a corporal during the ceremony and retired his badge number. The chief admitted he struggles with forgiving the criminals Hull was after that night.
“Murderers stole from you. They stole from you, and they stole from every one of us in this room,” said Chief Fitzgerald.
More than just a police officer, Hull was a father and husband. He was a man who was a superhero to his daughter and committed to his family as much as he was to his profession.
“He was brave like Captain America. He was funny and kind like Spiderman. He was dutiful and determined like The Punisher. And he was stealthy and well-trained like Batman,” said friend Mitzi Driver.
“I love you Garrett Hull. Keep the streets of Heaven safe, as we keep your family safe here,” said his former partner Chad Mills.
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrik was also in attendance and spoke for what he said was the first time at a service like Hull’s. It was at the request of the family. He said there will be a recognition for Hull at the state level sometime in the future.