Wearing starched uniforms and their badges marked with black tape to honor one of their own, police from as far as New York have said their goodbyes to Memphis Officer Sean Bolton.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1T8Chq3 ) reports that the 33-year-old officer was buried Friday after a service attended by thousands at Bellevue Baptist Church. Police Director Toney Armstrong, Mayor A C Wharton and fellow officers who spoke at the service remembered his dedication, energy and compassion.

The Rev. Don Riley, a friend of the Bolton family, delivered the eulogy wearing pink socks in Bolton's memory because the officer, a practical joker, often wore the socks to church.

Police say Bolton was shot Saturday after interrupting a drug deal. A 29-year-old man is being held on a first-degree murder charge.


Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com