People line Fourth Avenue North as a procession for fallen Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno heads to the accesso ShoWare Center for a memorial service Tuesday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

People line Fourth Avenue North as a procession for fallen Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno heads to the accesso ShoWare Center for a memorial service Tuesday. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

Community honors a fallen hero

People line the streets of Kent to view the procession for Officer Diego Moreno, who was killed in the line of duty on July 22

Hundreds of people lined the streets of Kent late Tuesday morning to honor fallen Kent Police Officer Diego Moreno as officers and firefighters from departments near and far led a large procession to the accesso ShoWare Center.

A memorial service to honor the officer’s life and service is from 1 to 3 p.m. today at ShoWare.

Officer Moreno, 35, of Auburn, was accidentally struck and killed by a patrol car in a suspect pursuit on July 22. The eight-year veteran is survived by his wife and two kids.

“This is a sad time for Officer Moreno’s family, the Kent Police Department, the city of Kent family and the community,” said Kent Police Chief Rafael Padilla.

Moreno is only the second Kent Police officer to die in the line of duty.

For those who want to donate money to the family, an account has been set up through U.S Bank.

Friends/relatives of the family also set up a GoFundMe online account for Shelly Moreno and her children.

Note: The Kent Reporter will have full coverage of the service followings its conclusion.

Kent Police help lead the procession through downtown. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

Kent Police help lead the procession through downtown. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

Fire departments join the procession. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

Fire departments join the procession. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

Motorcycle patrol officers participate in the procession. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

Motorcycle patrol officers participate in the procession. RACHEL CIAMPI, Reporter

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