DETROIT (WXYZ) - His smile warmed memories and hearts as friends, family and fellow officers said their final goodbyes to Detroit Police Officer Patrick Hill.
Hill was critically injured on April 2, 2013 when he was hit by friendly fire as a task force attempted to arrest a homicide suspect. Six months later, he succumbed to his injuries.
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Greater Grace Church on Detroit's West Side Monday morning.
"That's what I hope we do here today is celebrate his life," said friend and fellow officer, Sgt. Michael Dicicco.
Officers told Action News Hill died doing what he was passionate about.
"He loved the job, he loved what he was doing," said Officer Jacob Liska. " When he took this job with this task force, I could see it in his eyes."
The 37-year-old man leaves behind a wife and four children. Hill's wife, Deodge, asked mourners to celebrate her husband by not wearing black, but any other colors while attending the funeral. Hill was laid to rest at Westlawn Cemetery.