Family, friends, and co-workers gathered to remember Officer Greg Hamill Tuesday. The 12-year veteran of the Omaha Police Department died last Wednesday of complications from H1N1.
Services were held at Westside Baptist Church, near 150th and Dodge Street. Hundreds gathered to pay their final respects, including members of the Omaha Fire Department who raised an American flag into the air for the procession to pass under.
Dr. Curt Dodd, the pastor of Westside Church, said Officer Hamill was, "just an awesome guy, period. Bigger than life."
Hundreds of Omaha police officers and other men and women in the uniforms of service honored the 12-year veteran who died in the line of duty.
Officer James Shade said, "This is the final thing that we can do specifically for Greg here at the service. We'll continue to live on with him in our hearts."
The Fire Department also recognized Hamill as a first-responder raising a flag in remembrance.
Pastor Dodd said, “I thought the service was one of the most wonderful I have ever been part of my entire life, not only as a pastor but as a member with this community."
Pastor Dodd officiated the service where Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer called Hamill a hero and his friend and partner spoke about the countless lives Hamill touched through his big and caring personality.
Sydnie Blume said, "It's awful that he's gone but at least so many people have good memories of him and he really made an impact on so many people's lives for the better.”
During the service, the police chief was able to acknowledge officer Hamill's work with the elite Narcotics Unit. With that unit, Hamill was sometimes undercover, and often in plain clothes blending in as he worked on special operations with agencies like the DEA and the US Marshal.
A final police dispatch said Officer Greg Hamill had answered his final call, “May your soul rest in eternal peace."
For the lives he touched, the officer, father, and husband will never be forgotten.
Hamill is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their two children.
A memorial fund has been set up at the Omaha Police Credit Union for Officer Hamill in care of Vanessa Hamill.