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Southern Illinois pays respects to fallen Officer Brian Pierce, Jr.

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Community pays respects to fallen Officer Pierce

CARTERVILLE, IL. (WSIL) - Fallen Officer Brian Pierce, Jr. is in Herrin ahead of his funeral service Saturday morning.

Officer Pierce has Southern Illinois ties-his visitation at John. A Logan College was proof of how deep his ties are to the area.

Police officers, firefighters, first responders and community members showed up to pay their respects.

"You have to hear of something like this happening to a good police officer," says Scott Denham, a visitation attendee. They tell News 3 they showed up to the visitation because, 'it's the right thing to do.'

Officer Pierce was 24-years-old when he was killed in the line of duty. He would make the 100 mile drive from Carbondale to Brooklyn, Illinois every night.

On August 4, he was hit and killed by a car on the McKinley Bridge. The suspect in Officer Pierce's death still hasn't been found.

"I feel bad for the police and what they have to deal with," says Denham.

Temperatures reached the mid-80s Friday afternoon. Still, officers from across Illinois showed up in full uniform to pay their respects. There was a sense of quiet reverence in the air outside the visitation hall.

One officer even stopped to touch the Brooklyn Squad Car parked out front. Officer Pierce, Jr. was a member of the Brooklyn Police Department.

On top of those duties, he also served with the Makanda Fire Department and even helped to revive the Spillertown Police Department in 20-19.

Officer Pierce's funeral is Saturday, August 14 at 11 a.m. at John A. Logan College. Masks are required.

A procession will take Officer Pierce to Blairsville Cemetery. The route is lined with American flags that were set up entirely by volunteers.

The Herrin Fire Department says drivers should expect significant traffic delays between 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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