NewsPublic Affairs / July 10, 2014

Officer Renn Recognized For Service

Sam Klemet
Officer Renn Recognized For Service

Visitation is underway for fallen IMPD Officer Perry Renn.

The Indianapolis community can say goodbye until 8 p.m. Thursday at the Crown Hill Funeral Home.

Earlier in the day, the public safety community honor Renn’s service with a pair of recognitions.

Officer Renn was a nearly 22-year veteran of the police force, and served in the U.S. Army for 10 years.

IMPD Chief Rick Hite awarded him the Medal of Honor and Purple Heart for his sacrifices that included giving his life to protect the city.

"Officer Perry Renn courageously stood his post for over two decades representing what is best in society, going into places the average person fears to tread, seeing things that no one wants to see," said Hite.  "By simply putting on his uniform and going to work every day, Perry made this country a better place to live."

Renn will be remembered, Friday, during a funeral Bankers Life Fieldhouse and laid to rest later in the day at Crown Hill Cemetery.

"I know it's going to be a lot of raw emotions. Our department hasn't healed from Officer Moore and Officer Bradway.  Those scabs are being torn open again," said  Danny Overley with the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Critical Incident Memorial Team.  "So, there is going to be a lot of raw emotions and a lot of raw emotions with how this death happened and the dangers that our officers are exposed to."

Overley says having the funeral at such a large venue is important to show the Renn’s family what Perry meant to the city.

""The officers sometimes don't see that respect. They don't see that silent majority that is out there," he said.  "The family can sit there, as difficult as it is for them, and look around and say 'Officer Renn made an effect. He affected this community. He affected lives and they are here. The media is here to get this out to the people who can't come in.  I think it's the first time they sit back and say 'wow, I lost my loved one, but he made an effect on this community.'"

During his career, Officer Renn also was awarded two Medals of Bravery.

Funeral Procession Route

  • North on Delaware Street from Maryland Street to Fall Creek Parkway.
  • East on Fall Creek Parkway to East 30th Street.
  • North on Officer David S. Moore Memorial Parkway to drive north of North District Roll Call.
  • East on drive to North District, then proceeds to North Dearborn Street.
  • South on North Dearborn Street to East 30th Street.
  • East on East 30th Street to North Sherman Drive.
  • North on North Sherman Drive to East 38th Street.
  • West on East 38th Street to North Capitol Avenue.
  • South on North Capitol Avenue to West 34th Street.
  • West on West 34th Street to Crown Hill Cemetery.