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Delray Beach Officer Christine Braswell remembered at funeral service

Posted at 7:18 PM, Apr 23, 2017

There were plenty of tears, hugs and memories Sunday as a community remembered fallen Delray Beach police officer.

Funeral services for Officer Christine Braswell were held at Atlantic Community High School.

It was standing room only in the auditorium as police officers from up and down South Florida remembered the officer.

 

Braswell and friend Bernenda Marc were in a scooter crash in Key West more than two weeks ago.

"Show of hands of how many people took a beating from Christine," said Chief Jeff Goldman as he raised his hand.

Braswell's father, Dan, a former officer himself, shared his memory of the conversation he had 13 years ago with his daughter.

"She told me she wanted to be a police officer," said Braswell.

He advised against it, but now seeing all the support for his daughter in the auditorium, his heart swelled with pride.

"If I could have been half the police officer my daughter was I would not only still be on the job, I'd probably be a chief somewhere," said Braswell.

Hundreds of people that knew her say she they were inspired by her.

She was known for her talents as she was the only female sniper in Palm Beach County. She was also known for her work away from the department and being involved in the community.

On Sunday, her father, shared his memories about her daughter, but was also overwhelmed at the support from the community.

"I live on the west coast, and I haven't met many of the officers. I've met a few and I have never seen such kindness and respect and honor toward another officer. My heart breaks for them, but it swells with pride with over the the way they treated my daughter," says Dan Braswell.

Officers from as far away as Key West, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale attended Sunday's service.