Graveside services, 21-gun salute take place for fallen Richmond Officer Seara Burton

RICHMOND — Funeral services for Officer Seara Burton have concluded at Richmond High School and the procession is continuing to the burial site in Indianapolis.

During the funeral services, Richmond Mayor David Snow remembered Burton as having an “undeniable personality.”

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“She came to work with a positive outlook, an infectious sense of humor and an eagerness to serve. Not just on her first day, but every day she walked through the door Seara made a commitment to invest her time, her talent and her passion into this career in this city. For that, we owe a debt of gratitude.”

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During Burton’s funeral, Richmond Police Lieutenant Donnie Benedict described her as a “protector.”

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“Some will describe Seara as a warrior, a badass, a workout machine,” Lt. Benedict said. “When I was looking for a word to describe Seara, I chose the word protector.”

The large law enforcement procession will escort Burton’s remains to Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis to be buried. The procession from Richmond to Indianapolis is expected to take several hours.

The procession stopped at the Richmond Police Department, where Officer Burton’s cruiser has been parked since the day she was shot. While stopped the final 10-42, or end of watch call, was played.

Burton died September 18 surrounded by her family at Reid Health, succumbing to her injury she received after being shot on August 10 during a traffic stop.

At around 6 p.m. the procession carrying Burton’s remains arrived at Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis as graveside services began.

President of the Indianapolis Fraternal Order of Police Rick Snyder said a prayer to the crowd.

“As the sun now sets on our parted sisters earthly life we are reminded though she has fallen, she did not fall short in her commitment to your cause of justice and peace. I thank you for the women and men who continue to faithfully stand the thin blue line that separates good from evil,” Snyder said.

The prayer was followed by a 21 gun salute.