Community Banners Being Signed For Officer's Funeral

Our community is preparing to pay our respects to fallen police Officer Garrett Swasey. He was shot and killed during the shooting spree last week at a Planned Parenthood building.

His funeral is scheduled for Friday at New Hope Church at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, many people are coming together to thank Officer Swasey and all first responders for their service.

"Even though I did not know him personally, I'm very sad because he lost his life doing what he did, but I'm very thankful for what he did," said Crystal Pildner.

She brought her 11-year-old daughter to write a message to show how much their service is appreciated.

"[First responders] don't get thanked enough because they put their lives on the line every day," she said.

Shari Horan said she wanted to show the Swasey family that they have people thinking of them during this difficult time.

"I know they're going to be going through a lot of pain for a long time. Maybe some of this will help relieve some of that pain," she told 11 News.

She also wanted all first responders to know the community stands behind them.

"Thank you for their service...we support them 100 percent."

That was what the Colorado Springs Human Relations Commission had in mind when they put the signing event together.

"We're inviting people to come in and show their appreciation for service members in the community--our police, our firefighters," said Brittany McDonald, one of the organizers. "It really shows our community really wants to come together."

After the funeral, the banners will be given to local police and fire departments.

If you are interested in signing the banners before they are taken to Officer Swasey's funeral, they will be at the 21C Library at 1175 Chapel Hills Drive from 9 - 11 a.m.