|Published:||Jul 04, 2010 12:17 AM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 03, 2010 9:17 PM EDT|
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Two police officers gunned down during a traffic stop were remembered Saturday as family men devoted to protecting the public, while the convicted felon accused of killing them was ordered to remain in jail the day after he surrendered.
Hundreds attended a funeral for Curtis and Kocab on Saturday morning at the Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz. The church's pastor, Ken Whitten, opened the service.
"We wanted to have a place where we could come under one roof as a city and a family and as friends to mourn, to grieve, to cry," Whitten said. "Maybe even to laugh, and to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for us this day."
Tampa police Officer Dave Michelson said Curtis was a loving father, devoted husband and proud police officer.
"When Dave wasn't working, he was racing home to be with his family," Michelson said.
"To him, being a police officer was personal. It wasn't a job - it was a calling."
Charlie Helm, a Plant City police officer, said Kocab didn't quit working when the shift was over.
"In his free time, he nearly cleaned out a whole apartment complex of crime," Helm said.
It was about 2:15 a.m. Tuesday when Curtis pulled over a man and woman in a red Toyota Camry. He called for backup after seeing the man was wanted in Jacksonville for writing a bad check. Six minutes after Curtis and Kocab approached the car's passenger side, a witness called 911 to report they were shot. The officers were pronounced dead at a hospital.
Morris, 24, was denied bail at his first court appearance Saturday.
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