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Mourners Gather For Slain Riverside Officer Michael Crain

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Parents and children waving flags and holding signs saying "Thank you" and "Officer Crain is my hero." That was the scene outside the Grove Community Church. People all along the sidewalks as the hearse and parade of law enforcement came to the church for today's funeral. Riverside came out to say goodbye to Crain killed last Thursday in a car-to-car shootout. According to Riverside Police it was Christopher Dorner responsible from killing Crain and seriously wounding the trainee officer riding with him. They called it "an ambush."

Along the sidewalk some I spoke with still couldn't the sense of terror they felt over the last week and the deaths of Crain and others. As they walked into the church some of officers from departments from all over the state talked about having "heavy hearts."  Lt. Mike Reynolds, with the LA County Sheriffs Department, said he has a sense of relief today, but says what happened over the last week shows officers always have to be on guard. The service itself was as sad as you might expect.

Crain's wife was so emotional. Tears cascaded down her face as she talked about Sunday morning breakfasts with Mike and the family and making "the perfect hashbrowns" for her husband. In the church were Governor Jerry Brown, the Riverside Mayor and Council, LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck.

Riverside Police Chief Sergio Diaz gave the eulogy Ca. Attorney General Kamala Harris was there too. More than one person mentioned from the podium, though, the people on the street. The kids with their signs. The people with their flags. They came out for Officer Crain's funeral today even if they weren't inside the church.

Hal Eisner

 

(AP) Thousands of people gathered Wednesday for the funeral of a Riverside police officer gunned down a week ago during an alleged revenge rampage by ex-Los Angeles policeman Christopher Dorner.

Throngs of uniformed law enforcement officers from around the nation packed Grove Community Church to mourn Officer Michael Crain, 34. A white-gloved honor guard carried his flag-draped coffin inside to the sound of bagpipes.

His colleagues, with black tape on their badges, massed on a stage next to a floral arrangement in the shape of a badge.

Speakers described Crain as a loving husband and father and praised his 11 years of Riverside police service. "He now becomes a pillar of trust for our community" and a model for others, Riverside police Capt. John Wallace said.

An overflow crowd watched the service on a big-screen television from rows of chairs outside the church. Earlier, dozens of black-and-white patrol cars and fleets of motorcycles escorted the hearse through city streets and under a giant U.S. flag suspended from fire engine ladder trucks.

Crain's funeral was held just a day after Dorner was believed to have died in a burning cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains after a San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy was killed and another wounded in a shootout.

Remains found in the cabin had yet to be officially identified, but the outcome of the shootout ended a massive manhunt for Dorner, a fired Los Angeles police officer who authorities said vowed in an online rant to wage war on current and former LAPD officials and to kill officers from any other agency who tried to arrest him.

Authorities say Crain wasn't looking for Dorner and had no idea he was in the area when Crain and another officer were ambushed in their patrol car at a stoplight in the city on Feb. 7. Crain, a field training officer, was on graveyard patrol with a rookie officer, who was wounded.

Crain leaves his wife, son Ian, 10, and a 4-year-old daughter, Kaitlyn. They were under police protection while Dorner was being sought.

The department said Crain loved attending dance recitals with his daughter, coaching his son's baseball team and restoring his 1970 Chevy Nova.

Crain joined the Riverside police force in 2001 after leaving the Marine Corps, where he served two tours in Kuwait, was promoted to sergeant, and later taught military operations in urban terrain at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County.

Riverside Police Department Officer Crain, a eleven year veteran of the department and a United States Marine Veteran was ambushed by a suspect while on routine patrol. His partner was also shot during the assault. The incident occurred at approximately 1:35 am on Thursday, February 7, 2013.

Crain, who lived in Beaumont, was killed in the line of duty on Feb. 7.  Murder charges have been filed against rogue former LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who has become the target of a massive manhunt in California after his suspected involvement not only in this crime, but in the shootings of an Irvine couple on Super Bowl Sunday.

The Riverside Police Officers' Association has set up a fund that will help Crain's wife Regina, 10-year-old son Ian and 4-year-old daughter Kaitlyn.

"Such donations will be provided to the family through the Riverside Police Officers Association in order to assist the family with the many financial needs they will undoubtedly face," Toussaint added.

The fund, which has already received numerous donations according to the Association, will take checks sent to the following: 

Riverside Police Officers Association Assistance Fund or RPOA
1965 Chicago Ave, Suite B
Riverside, California 92507

Officer Michael Crain's Biography

Born:                 April 9, 1978

Hired:                August 24, 2001

End of Watch:    February 7, 2013

Officer Michael Crain was born in Anaheim, California to Stephen and Cindy Crain on April 9, 1978.  He was the oldest of three children and had a brother, Jason, and sister, Leslie.  He was raised in the Riverside area and graduated from Redlands High School in 1996.

After high school, Mike attended Crafton Hills College in Yucaipa for a year prior to enlisting in the United States Marine Corps.  He served two deployment tours in Kuwait as a rifleman in the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, 3rd Battalion 1st Marines. He was a squad leader, and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant.  He was then stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, CA, where he taught Military Operations in Urban Terrain. During his military service, Mike was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon with 1 star, a Certificate of Commendation, and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge.

After being honorably discharged from the Marine Corps, Mike joined the Riverside Police Department. He graduated from the Riverside Sheriff's Academy, class #152, and was sworn in as a Riverside Police Officer on August 24, 2001.

Following his graduation from the Field Training Program, he was assigned to Field Operations as a patrol officer.  During his 11 year tenure with the Riverside Police Department, Mike served as a patrol officer, and was assigned to the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team. He had also served as a Helicopter Observer, a Field Training Officer, a Firearms Instructor, and had been assigned to the University Neighborhood Enhancement Team (UNET).

Mike had a big heart, and enjoyed spending time with his wife, Regina, son, Ian (age 10), and daughter Kaitlyn (age 4).  He loved attending dance recitals with his daughter and coaching his son's baseball team.  He also loved his classic 1970 Chevy Nova, which he spent his spare time restoring.  Mike's family and friends knew his usually straight face hid a huge personality.  He made an unforgettable impression on everyone he met.

During the early morning of February 7, 2013, Officer Michael Crain was gunned down in an apparent ambush while he was on patrol and parked at a stoplight with a trainee officer.  Mike will be missed by his family, friends, and his community.

Funeral Information

The funeral service for RPD Officer Michael Crain is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 10:30 AM, at The Grove Community Church in Riverside.  Services will be presided over by Pastor Tom Lance.  Acheson and Graham Mortuary organized the funeral arrangements.
Officer Michael Crain will be interred at Riverside National Cemetery (http://www.rncsc.org)

Any police agency wishing to participate in the funeral procession please contact
the following personnel for more information:
Aviation- Sgt. Dwayne May 951-320-8078 or dmay@riversideca.gov
Honor Guard- Ofc. Marvin Braun 951-351-6387 or mbraun@riversideca.gov
Traffic/Motor- Lt. Eric Charrette echarrette@riversideca.gov

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