An Emotional Goodbye For Shelby Officer Tim Brakeen

SHELBY, NC– It was an emotional goodbye for Officer Tim Brackeen.

Law enforcement from across the State and Country came to pay respect.

“We go to work everyday not knowing if we’re going to come home or not so an hour trip or four hour trip is worth coming down,” said Capt John Gray with Raleigh Police Department.

Wives of fellow officers watching Brackeen’s Wife Michael, sharing in her pain.

“You can’t help but picture yourself sitting there,” said Brooke Pearson of Shelby.

K9 units from dozens of departments lined the ball fields at Keeter Stadium. Perhaps the most touching moment, Brackeen’s longtime partner Psycho, sitting by the casket.

The service honored him as an officer.

“Timothy James Brackeen took a bullet for the city of Shelby,” said Reverend Glen Davenport.

His brother reverend Stephen Brackeen honored him as a man.

“As I watched him fight the battle of his life I thought that is who I want to be,” said Brackeen.

Governor Pat McCrory had the crowd stand and give all law enforcement a baseball cheer

One constant theme, love and forgiveness, asking everyone to walk away not bitter but better.

“I believe that Tim would want the sacrifice of his life to make you a better person, maybe God bless each of you,” said Rev Davenport.

A police escort guided Brackeen coffin through the streets of Shelby to his final resting place