ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – On Sunday afternoon, a motorcade arrived with a special honor for fallen police officer and Army veteran Daniel Webster. It’s called the Honor Flag.
“The Honor Flag will rest on the right side of Officer Webster until internment. It’ll stay with him like we’ve done for hundreds of soldiers, law enforcement or firefighters,” said Chris Heisler, founder of Honor Flag.
The Honor Flag has been around since 9/11. It’s a way to honor those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.
“When we have the need to honor a fallen hero here, it’s a sad thing, but it’s important that spirit of patriotism, like we had after 9/11, is relevant,” said Heisler.
That flag was placed inside the Strong-Thorne Chapel, the same place where a public memorial was up all weekend long to honor Officer Webster. It was a site many people came to visit.
“It hurt me that he served our country and he was shot like that, and it gave me goosebumps. When I found out he died, I was shaken,” said Stuart Barth.
The support for Webster didn’t stop there.
This morning New Mexico State Police Chief, Pete Kassetas hosted a car wash fundraiser for Webster’s family. Police cadets from State Police, BCSO and APD spent hours washing cars, including the hearse that will carry Officer Webster’s body on Tuesday.
The turnout was so high, police had to close off a lane of Central at one point.
“It’s about coming together, and it’s unfortunate that it’s on the heels of a tragedy, but like I said before, we take care of our own in law enforcement,” said Kassetas.
There will be a private visitation for officers and family at Strong-Thorne Chapel near Coal and I-25 Monday evening. There will be a public memorial service held at the convention center before his funeral.