Friday, September 08, 2000

Excerpts from Officer Kevin Crayon's funeral

        Cincinnati City Manager John Shirey, among the many people eulogizing Officer Crayon Thursday, said he always wonders, while standing at police-academy graduations, if any of the new officers he's watching will make it as a Cincinnati cop.

        “By all accounts, (Officer Crayon) had what it takes,” Mr. Shirey said. “He turned out to be just the kind of police officer that we need in our community.”

        Officer Crayon's funeral became a vehicle for the Rev. Freddie T. Piphus Jr., pastor of the huge Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, to talk about change. The key? Being ready for it, he said: Be saved by God. Officer Crayon was saved, he told mourners.

        “The winds of change have come in Officer Crayon's life,” the Rev. Piphus said. “He's transitioned into the New Jerusalem.”

        Preachers at Officer Crayon's service made clear from the start that the funeral would not be a time for grieving death, but one for celebrating life. Fifty voices rang from the choir.

        “If you didn't come here to celebrate,” said the Rev. Jim Vickers Jr., “I think you're probably in the wrong place.”

        Officer Crayon's eldest son, Kevin II, stepped up to the pulpit and thanked the crowd and the city for a remarkable farewell. His father, he said, would never have expected so much. He read a poem written by himself, his brother, Christopher, and their sister, Brittany:

        “There will be moments when it will be hard for me to follow my pathway. That is when I will remember the discipline he taught me. And when God calls me into his gates on that inevitable day, my dad will be there to welcome me.”

        The crowd rose to its feet at the end of his address.

        Words cannot describe the way Cincinnati feels about the passing of one of its police officers, said Mayor Charlie Luken.

        The officer's death should teach us all lessons, he said, including to “learn about respect for law enforcement, about how to treat people.”

Complete coverage at
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Express condolences to Crayon family.

Final farewells to Office Kevin Crayon, Courtney Mathis
- Excerpts from Officer Kevin Crayon's funeral

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