Funeral service held for DeKalb County officer killed in crash - CBS46 News

Funeral service held for DeKalb County officer killed in crash

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Friends and family said a final goodbye to a DeKalb County police officer who died in the line of duty.

Fellow DeKalb County police officers crowded New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia as they celebrated the life of Officer Ivorie Klusmann.

Officer Prentess Burney, who graduated from the academy with Klusmann, said he loved making his friends laugh.

"He was a genuinely good person. We're going to miss him," Burney said.

Kaleb Krump, a longtime friend, said Klusmann was quick to make his friends laugh.

"Ivorie is the funniest dude you're going to meet," Krump said. "I miss you. I love you Ivorie."

Klusmann, 31, was responding to a call on Aug. 10, when he lost control of his patrol car driving along DeKalb Medical Parkway near Lithonia.

Police said Gregory Harvey Jr. sparked the incident by taking off from Klusmann during a traffic stop.

Harvey later turned himself in at his Stone Mountain home. He faces multiple charges including murder, reckless driving and driving a stolen car.

Klusmann graduated from the police academy three weeks earlier.

Chief Cedric Alexander said he and his officers are having a tough time coping with the loss of one of their own so early in his career.

"It's very painful for us," Alexander said. "He was a great officer, he was fine officer. He was respected by his peers, he was respected by his friends and he was respected by his community."

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