HOLLY SPRINGS, Ga. (CBS46) — The funeral has been set for Officer Joe Burson, the Holly Springs officer killed after being dragged by a suspect during a routine traffic stop.

Burson's funeral will be held June 21, at First Baptist Church in Woodstock at 2 p.m.

Just hours after Burson was killed, he was given an escort by fellow police officers.

It is custom practice in law enforcement to never leave the side of a fallen officer following their death. Often times, that includes a police escort to the medical examiner's office, the funeral home and their final resting place.

Thursday, dozens of officers were on hand at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to escort their fallen brother.

GBI employees lined up outside the crime lab to watch the escort and pay their respects.  The video was posted by the GBI, along with a written thank you that read, "From our family to yours, thank you for your service and may you rest in peace."

Officer Burson heavily involved with his church, Revolution Church, who honored him on Thursday night.

“Not only did we loose an officer of our community today we lost a friend a family member of our church,” said Jason Verdes, Lead Pastor of Revolution Church.


He was also the drummer for the church band.

“Joe when he was playing was joy,” said David Stein, Campus Pastor at Revolution Church Canton.

Those who knew him said although they were grief stricken, they cherish having been able to know such a wonderful person.

“A tragic loss for our community, there’s been a lot of tears today, a lot of prayers. He’s one of those guys who transforms the environment around him,” said Pastor Stein.

Holly Springs Police Department posted this on Facebook in regards to Officer Burson's funeral, "Due to limited space at Lakeside Funeral Home, all support law enforcement agencies should go to First Baptist Church Woodstock. Thank you."


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