Police officers lined the path of entry for Officer Jimmy Inn’s casket. About 150 officers stood between the outdoors entryway and inner lobby.
Inn and his family left the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. and arrived to the Christian Life Center at 11 a.m. Mounted officers lined the entryway right before the motorcade arrived.
As Inn’s casket was brought out of the funeral car, lined officers became visually emotional, shedding a few tears as they saluted their fallen colleague.
Inn’s casket was draped with an American flag as he entered the building. He was escorted by officers and his family. Flower crowns adorned the main church interior chamber entrance in the lobby, as well as the sides of the altar.
Stockton Mayor Kevin Lincoln City Manager Harry Black, County Supervisors Tom Patti and Miguel Villapudua were seen walking to their seats. Others in attendance were State Attorney General Rob Bonta, State Sen. Susan Talamantes Eggman, and California Highway Patrol commissioners, commanders and chiefs.
As Inn’s casket rested at the center of the church’s chamber, police officers made their way to the chairs at the top of the altar, along with two police dogs who remained on the side benches.
Once officers filled the altar chairs, those remaining to take their seat were redirected to the benches where they had SPD assigned seating.
As they took their seats, attendees were seen wiping away tears along with some sniffs and muffles across the church. Inn’s family entered the main chamber at 11:19, once all officers had taken their place.
Officers across the state pay respects to fallen Officer Jimmy Inn
“Today we come together as the greater family of law enforcement, to celebrate a life well lived,” Stockton police Chaplaincy Senior Chaplain Jesse Kenyon. “Jimmy was a people magnet, he always gave value to the people around him, lifted them up.”
“He loved being a Stockton police officer,” said Stockton police Chief Eric Jones. “On the morning of May 11, Jimmy Inn lost his life while sacrificing himself for others,” when he responded to one of the most violent calls for officers, a case of domestic violence, he said.
“It very much illustrates, too painfully, the dangers of police work that often go unsaid.” Courage and compassion, “those two words are what the badge stands for, and he exemplified courage and compassion,” Jones said.
“Jimmy definitely left an imprint that we will never forget at our department and our community,” he added. “If half the people were positive (as Jimmy was), imagine how much better the world would be.”
Chaplain Kevin White lost his brother – Officer Tim White – 31 years ago while he was serving in the line of duty too. The Stockton police Chaplaincy started then, after Officer White’s funeral.
“Jimmy Inn is seared to our souls, and we can never forget, and we will not forget,” White said.
The U.S. Honor Flag was flown in from Washington D.C. to attend Inn’s funeral. The flag has traveled thousands of miles to funerals, memorials, services, and space, to commemorate American Heroes. “Because of his (Inn’s) selfless service to his community and nation, this is where we needed to be, Chris Heisler said, president and founder of The Honor Network.
Police officers “represent everything that is truly good about this country” because they respond to calls of danger while serving their community, Heisler said. “This sacrifice that lives in this flag will be continuously honored, forever.”
Inn family honors a great father, husband and son
“My heart is broken,” said Phaly “Lee” Inn, Jimmy Inn’s father. “No words can describe the pain.”
“Most of the time, Jimmy greeted people with a contagious smile,” he said. Lee Inn has heard stories about his son from friends and the community these past few days and “how he (Jimmy Inn) helped other disadvantaged families by being bilingual and breaking down barriers,” he said.
Though Jimmy Inn was born in New Hampshire – and was the son of Cambodian refugees – the family moved to Stockton, where Inn attended high school and became a police officer.
“He is in a better place now, let every one of us remember and honor Officer Jimmy Inn by making a difference in our communities across the nation,” his father said.
“Jimmy has always been the calm in my storm,” said Tela Inn, Jimmy Inn’s wife. “He’s taught me more than I can learn in a lifetime: patience, kindness, forgiveness, self-control.
“When I met Jimmy, I was broken and I was alone, and he just made me laugh and he made me smile, and he breathed life back into me,” Tela Inn said.