Slain officer honored by fellow law officers
Public safety officers from around KOTA Territory turned out Monday to honor a slain Oglala Sioux Tribal police officer on his final journey home to Pine Ridge.
Officer Brian Garrett, a veteran of more than a decade of service was honored with a caravan of fellow officers from Pine Ridge, Rapid City and Pennington County who came to escort his remains as they left Rapid City Regional Hospital en route to to Pine Ridge for funeral services. Garrett was shot and killed early Saturday morning near Kyle in what the FBI says was an apparent domestic dispute. One person at the scene was taken into custody according to the Oglala Sioux Tribal police but no charges have been filed.
"He deserves this respect," said Donna Lamont form the Oglala Sioux Tribal Housing Authority. "For the amount of time that he served for our department and for the work he did in the communities, he definitely deserves every bit of this."
He was remembered as a upbeat influence on those around him.
"He was a fun, happy guy and we're all going to miss him," said OST Police Officer Nicholas Campbell.
Lamont added: "I can tell you that he had a very good sense of humor in any situation. He was very humorous. Always had me laughing but definitely there the first one if you needed help."
But no one forgot it was somber day.
"Anything like this is a loss for any department," said Campbell. "It's always hard losing an officer, anybody in the family. You know, we're all brothers and sisters. Losing an officer is always hard."
Especially for the over taxed police on the Pine Ridge Reservation, where a third of the jobs remain unfilled.
"They go through a lot down there," said Lamont. "They're understaffed and they answer tons of a calls a night. Every shift. They go through so much good but they also see a lot of bad. And they're there for each other."
Funeral Service for Garrett, 52, are pending with the Sioux Funeral Home in Pine Ridge.