YORK, Neb. — Hundreds of law enforcement officers joined the York community Monday to honor one of their own.
Lincoln Police Officer Tony Howe was laid to rest amid reverent police protocol and faithful prayer.
Howe, 37, died when his car crashed Wednesday on Interstate 80 as he drove to work.
Nearly 100 police vehicles lined the parking lot outside Emmanuel Faith Lutheran Church, awaiting a long procession to Greenwood Cemetery.
As the funeral drew to a close, approximately 300 law enforcement officers stood at attention outside the church. As the casket bearing Howe's body was brought out, bagpipes sounded. The lines of officers surrounded Howe's family as they emerged from the church.
Led by cruisers from the York Police Department and the York County Sheriff's Office, the hearse made its way to Greenwood Cemetery.
A prayer was followed by a gun salute and the playing of taps, with Howe's comrades standing at attention. The American flag that had been draped over the coffin was presented to his wife and children.
Howe was a graduate of York High School and earned his criminal justice degree from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 1996. He was an officer with the York Police Department and then a deputy with the York County Sheriff's Office. In 2004, Howe joined the Lincoln Police Department, where he was a field training officer and a drug recognition expert and worked in the criminal investigative unit.
His survivors include his wife, Stephanie, and three sons: Jacob, Benjamin and Tyler.
Memorial accounts to help with his children's education have been set up in Lincoln at Great Western Bank and in York at Cornerstone Bank, Midwest Bank and York State Bank.