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Colorado trooper killed during blizzard

March 21, 2019
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People line the street during a procession, to LifeBridge Church, for Colorado State Patrol Corporal Dan Groves, Thursday, March 21, 2019 in Longmont, Colo. Hundreds of people, including law enforcement officers from nearly 40 states, turned out Thursday to honor Groves, a Colorado State Patrol trooper struck and killed by a car during last week's blizzard. (RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post via AP)

LONGMONT, Colo. (AP) — Hundreds of people, including law enforcement officers from nearly 40 states, turned out Thursday to honor a Colorado State Patrol trooper struck and killed by a car during last week’s blizzard.

First responders as well as the public waited along the route of the funeral procession for 52-year-old Cpl. Daniel Groves ahead of his memorial service in Longmont.

During a eulogy, Gov. Jared Polis said Groves left a job in technology in Chicago to join the state patrol because he felt a call to serve.

Patrol Chief Matthew Packard said each member of the agency he talked to about Groves had a story, a memory or a nickname to share about him.

He was hit by a car March 13 as he was helping a driver who had slid off Interstate 76.