Rockwell City Honors Fallen Officer



By Ellen Kurt

ROCKWELL CITY, Iowa - Covered in flowers and a black ribbon, Officer Jamie Buenting's squad car sat as a memorial in front of the building where hundreds of law enforcement officers came to show their respect Tuesday.

The police, deputy, patrol and other official vehicles lined up bumper-to-bumper in Rockwell City Tuesday afternoon.

Buenting, 37, was killed during a standoff last week in Rockwell City. Police had received a report that a man wanted for assaulting his mother was inside a house. Hours after the standoff started, Buenting was shot and killed.

"It is very touching to see so many fellow officers from so many jurisdictions from city, county, state to show up at a fellow officer's funeral. It is definitely moving," Trooper Paul Gardner said.

Car after car brought officers to Rockwell City from all four corners of the state.

"Law enforcement is just a giant brotherhood where we all come together in a time of crisis. Unfortunately, this is a time where we come together in a time of crisis," Sgt. Berrell Edwards of the Des Moines Police Department said.

Flags lined the streets and the entire town was shut down so everyone could go to pay their respects to Buenting and his family.

"He would have loved everybody banding together here to celebrate in memory of him," said Tara Saxton, a Rockwell City resident.

Buenting was well-known as a dedicated husband, father, and police officer.

Friends said they can't even put into words who Jamie Buenting was.

"Jamie is an individual that every child thinks a police officer should be. One that every adult wants to be," said Kyle Oswald, a Buenting family friend.

In a final act of respect, his fellow officers led him home in a processional of hundreds of vehicles.

"He was just so well loved in the community," said Gardner.

Authorities said Buenting is survived by his wife and two children. A fund has been set up for the family at the First Community Bank, P.O. Box 268 in Rockwell City 50579.

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