Funeral services held for Independence police officer

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - More than 800 people paid their final respects to Officer James Lockard Friday afternoon.

Lockard lost his life in an unusual hunting accident when a tree fell on top of him last Saturday.

The following day he died from his injuries.

For the better part of his life, Lockard spent time serving his country and community.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, worked as mailman, then joined the Independence Police Department in 2008.

On Friday, his ashes were transported in an armored vehicle that Lockard once used as a member of the department's special operation response team.

His former boss said Lockard's death is a great loss.

"They all learn to rely on each other. It's part of a chain, it's part of a team, it takes time to fill that space. He's going to be greatly missed," Major John Cato with the Independence Police Department said.

At the end Friday's services, there were military honors including a flyover and 21 gun salute.

Lockard is survived by his wife and two sons.

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