The first San Marcos police officer ever killed in the line of duty was laid to rest Wednesday. Officer Ken Copeland, 58, died on December 4 after being shot while serving a warrant.
Loved ones said their final goodbyes at a funeral Wednesday at Community Bible Church in San Antonio.
Copeland was remembered by colleagues, family, and friends as a man who demonstrated what is good and right in our world.
A sea of police cars made the trip from San Marcos to San Antonio escorting the body of the officer everyone acknowledges as one of a kind.
"With his Topo Chico, his upbeat personality and his self-appointed role as an ambassador of goodwill in our community, he became the unofficial figurehead of the San Marcos Police Department Patrol Division," said Chief Chase Stapp with SMPD.
Copeland was remembered as a veteran, father, and officer, but more importantly, a man of compassion and joy.
"He would light up a room with his smile, which radiated his love of life. He was everyone's rock. He was everyone's friend," said Joe Fratangelo, a longtime friend.
Copeland's ex-wife, Sara Danville, spoke of Ken's generosity and kindness, even as their marriage ended.
"Let's honor Ken the way Ken would want us to honor Ken, and that would be by changing the world and treating each other the way Ken treated us. I implore you, please do not remember Ken for the way he died, but remember Ken for how he lived," Danville said.
Chief Stapp concluded his eulogy with an emotional order:
"Rest in peace, Ken. We love you and we miss you. Thank you for your service. We'll take it from here."
Copeland is survived by four boys and countless friends.