DEVORE (CBSLA.com) — Law enforcement from across Southern California paid their final respects Thursday to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s detective who was allegedly shot to death by multiple murder suspect Christopher Dorner.
KNX 1070′s Mike Landa reports Detective Jeremiah MacKay, 35, was killed on Feb. 12 during the manhunt for Dorner in Big Bear.
MacKay’s funeral started at 8 a.m. with a 5-mile long procession beginning from the Mountain View mortuary in San Bernardino, followed by services at the San Manuel Amphitheatre.
Captain Lee Hamblin and Sheriff Jon McMahon were among family and friends of MacKay who spoke of his legacy as a public servant.
“One thing I knew about Jeremiah, it wasn’t just about serving,” said Alan MacKay, Det. MacKay’s father. “He wanted to intervene when somebody was hurting somebody else.”
“Jeremiah’s a man who loved life so much that he carried his joy with him every day,” said John Quinata, MacKay’s uncle. “Look around…we’re the ones he touched for a lifetime.”
Legendary bag piper Eric Rigler also paid tribute to MacKay, who was also an avid player of the instrument and a member of the Inland Empire Society.
MacKay was a 15-year veteran with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and was a decorated detective since 2006.
He is survived by his wife and two children.
Dorner, who died on Feb. 12 after a fire and shootout with authorities, is also accused of killing a young engaged couple in Irvine on Feb. 3 and Riverside police officer Michael Crain, 34, on Feb. 7.
Crain was laid to rest on Feb. 13.