The Hush Post| 10:01 am|one0minute-read|
Thousands of people descended from all walks of life for the daylong ceremonies on early Wednesday to honour slain police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was shot dead on duty during a traffic stop last week.
42-year-old Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first Sikh sheriff’s deputy in Harris County with a population of over 10,000 Sikhs.
As ”Amazing Grace” was played on the bagpipes, members of HCSO folded the American flag that covered his casket and Sheriff Ed Gonzalez presented it to Sandeep Dhaliwal’s widow who clutched it to her heart. Helicopters flew overhead followed by a 21-gun salute.
Sandeep Dhaliwal made headlines when he was allowed to grow a beard and wear a turban on the job.
He was gunned down while carrying a routine mid-day traffic stop in northwest of Houston on Friday.
The fallen deputy’s funeral included processions, a traditional Sikh funeral and a law enforcement funeral with a 21-gun salute from fellow officers and a helicopter flyover.
After final ceremonies from the law enforcement memorial service at Berry Center, the Dhaliwal family and members of HCSO headed to the Winford Funeral Home for a closed cremation.
Following a final prayer by the Dhaliwal family, HCSO officers moved his casket into a hearse to escort it to the funeral home for a cremation.
The rest of the community and mourners were invited to Gurdwara Sikh National Center at 7500 North Sam Houston Parkway West for the langar (communal meal).
The procession route was lined with blue and white signs reading “Always in Our Hearts,” and “In Loving Memory of Deputy Dhaliwal.”
People had posted custom yard signs, billboards and flowers all along the route and in the neighbourhood.
The Sikh National Center had requested a dress code for those attending the ceremonies to be navy blue, just like the Harris County Sheriff’s Office uniform.
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaking before thousands during the Sikh part of the ceremony, addressed Sandeep Dhaliwal’s wife and three children in saying the community “supports you and lifts you up.”