DELRAY BEACH, Fla. - A hero's welcome awaited sergeant Adam Rosenthal in his hometown of Parkland.
Outside the Congregation Kol Tikvah, hundreds of cars lined the street, with friends and colleagues from as far as Tampa, there to pay their respects.
"We know Adam because of his father, and he was a phenomenal person, this is not right," said Jean Kesneor, a family friend at attending the memorial service Sunday.
Gathering their strength and fighting back the tears, Rosenthal's brother officers from Delray Beach police carried his casket- while hundreds of officers from all over Florida saluted.
"It shows that people care and he was an important person," said Pam Applebaum, another family friend attending the memorial service.
Then a sea of red and blue lights made their way up 441 to Boynton Beach.
Rosenthal's death, was not only a loss for the department which he had been a member of for 16 years, but to a community he cared so much about.
"My heart goes out to the family, my heart is breaking, he is gone too soon, “said Kesneor.
Rosenthal was laid to rest at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens, but those who called him a colleague and friend said his memory will certainly live on.
Donations can be made in support of Officer Rosenthal's family to: Delray Citizens for Delray Police, 300 W. Atlantic Ave. Delray Beach, FL 33444. Write Adam Rosenthal's name in the memo portion of the check.
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