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Funeral service held for fallen police officer

A final farewell for a police officer killed in the line of duty.

Nearly 3,000 people gathered at Southland Christian Church in Jessamine County, where the funeral service for Lexington Police Officer Bryan Durman began around noon Tuesday.

He was killed Thursday night after being struck by a hit-and-run driver.

Durman's life was celebrated during the service. Many who knew him say he was a family man, who lived his life with honor and respect.

A procession through Lexington, and the burial followed the funeral.

Officer Durman, who was 27, had been a Lexington police officer since 2007. He leaves behind a wife, Brandy, and a son, 4-year-old Brayden.

Durman was a graduate of Dunbar High School, and served in the Air Force, where he met his wife. He also served in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

All morning long at the church, police officers and others poured into the parking lot to pay their respects. Some came from as far away as South Carolina and Florida.

It took 40 minutes for all of the officers to empty out of the church parking lot as part of the procession.

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