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Hundreds attend funeral of fallen Griffin officer

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GRIFFIN, GA (CBS46) -

The funeral procession stretched as far as the eye could see, and at its head were the flashing blue lights of police cars and motorcycles.

The persistent rumble of the bikes could be heard in the distance, like thunder from an afternoon storm, as they approached.

The expressions on the riders' stone faces were grim, their eyes swollen with tears hidden behind dark sunglasses.

They had just spent the last two hours memorializing and celebrating the life of their brother in arms, Griffin police Officer Kevin Jordan.

Jordan was shot in the back as he tried to arrest a woman outside a Waffle House in Griffin nine days ago.

His death shook the small town to its core, eliciting a flood of posthumous gratitude for the man whom everyone says always wore a smile.

At his funeral, co-workers and family spoke of Jordan's undying love for his profession and how much it meant to him to serve his community.

Family and service are two of the most important ideals he lived his life by.

Jordan had seven kids and worked several side jobs to provide for them.

When he wasn't patrolling the streets of Griffin as an officer, he was driving the Big Blue Bus for seniors. He would take them wherever they wanted to go.

When he wasn't behind the wheel of the bus, he was mentoring the youth of the community.

When he wasn't doing those things, he was working security for a business in town.

Through it all, he did not complain. His attitude was top-notch, according to those who eulogized him.

His dedication to a professional appearance is just one example. "One of his favorite sayings was, 'Standing tall, looking good,'" said Capt. Homer Daniel.

There were many happy memories shared during his funeral service at Oak Hill Baptist Church on Monday.

A great deal of sorrow was also shared.

Jordan's wife, Tammy, was escorted to the podium by her son and flanked by all of her children. She spoke softly, never letting her voice crack.

"He was everything," said Tammy Jordan. "He was the best friend I ever had in this life."

"This shouldn't have happened," whispered Tammy Jordan into the microphone as she concluded the eulogy.

The funeral service at the church was attended by hundreds of police officers. They came from counties all over Georgia. Some sent honor guards, others just sent officers.

The Patriot Guard stood with flag poles in hand, just behind an army of saluting officers as the family was escorted into the church.

The processional left the church immediately following the service to take Kevin Jordan to his final resting place at Westwood Garden Cemetery.

At the grave site, hundreds of community members were on hand to witness the service and to show their support.

His casket was carried under an enormous American flag by caisson to his burial plot.

Kevin Jordan was laid to rest at Westwood Gardens Cemetery just after 6 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2014.

A memorial fund has been created at Regions Bank. Donations should go to the "Griffin Police Department Memorial Fund for Officer Kevin Jordan." Proceeds will go to Kevin Jordan's family.

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