SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The flashing lights of first responders will mark the long procession from San Marcos to San Antonio Wednesday, as a fallen officer will be remembered and laid to rest.
Officer Kenneth Copeland worked for 19 years at the San Marcos Police Department and was the first of their officers to ever die in the line of duty. He died Dec. 4 after serving a warrant on his day off, volunteering to work to help his co-workers and his family. The public is invited to gather along the procession route and attend the funeral service.
8 a.m. at Thomason Funeral Home at 2001 Old Ranch Road in San Marcos
San Marcos emergency vehicles will make up the procession, heading west on Old Ranch Road and then south on Wonder World Drive to Interstate 35 south
It will go west on Loop 1604 in San Antonio and arrive at Community Bible Church at 2477 North Loop 1604, where the funeral will be held
Services begin at 11 a.m.
- Eulogy: San Marcos Chief of Police Chase Stapp
- Message: Pastor Bill Glasgow
- Special Remembrances: Sara Danville, Steven Greek, Jeff Caldwell
- Presentation of Flags: San Marcos Police Department, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
- Dismissal of Uniformed Officers: Chief Chase Stapp
- Closing Prayer: Pastor Bill Glasgow
- Family Recessional: Coast Guard Honor Guard
- Honorary Pall Bearers: Reuben Brooks, Jeff Caldwell, Robert Copeland, Don Crumrine, Joe Frantangelo, Johnny A. Gaona
How to help
- Direct donations to family: Write a check to the San Marcos Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (SMCPAAA) with “Ken Copeland” in the memo line, or send cash to San Marcos Police Department, Attention Brenda Pisana, 2300 S. I-35, San Marcos, Texas 78666
- Donate to Blue Santa in his honor by writing a check to the San Marcos Police Department with “Copeland Blue Santa” in the memo line
- Donate to the 100 Club of Central Texas at 100clubcentex.com
Friends and colleagues remember Copeland, 58, as a cheerful public servant, always looking out for those in his community both in and out of uniform. Since his death, the 100 Club of Central Texas, which provides emotional and financial support to families of fallen first responders, has received donations and letters of support in his name.
The group plans to deliver the notes to Copeland’s family in the next couple weeks.
“We have gotten [them] from businesses, all the way to this morning we received two dollars with a little note from somebody who couldn’t even write his name or her name,” Tami Baker, chair of the 100 Club of Central Texas, said. That note, scribbled by a child, arrived at their office Tuesday.
“It’s touched so many people in the community, and everyone from old to young wants to be able to be there,” Baker said. “One of the messages that was on the voicemail was a little old lady who is wheelchair-bound, and all she had to give was a Christmas tree. And she wanted to see if somebody could come and get her Christmas tree to give to the Copeland family.”