Thousands Came Out to Auburn Police Officer William Buechner’s Visitation and Funeral
Thousands gathered at the Auburn University Arena Friday afternoon to remember and honor the life and legacy of Auburn Police Officer William Buechner.
Officer Buechner was tragically killed Sunday, May 19, while responding to a domestic dispute.
“Our community has been shattered and it will never be the same again,” said Auburn Mayor Ron Anders.
Auburn police motor officers and the law enforcement motorcycle club Officer Buechner was a part of escorted him to the arena.
“All the events he’s going to miss, makes me angry and sad,” said DeWayne Garner, Officer Buechner’s Friend.
“The lives he’s touched is countless,” said Garner.
When his casket arrived, draped in blue and white flowers, officers lined the streets saluting him.
During the three hour visitation a line was out the door of friends and community members paying their respects to officer Buechner’s family.
Multiple law enforcement agencies also packed the arena to show their fellow officers in blue their support.
“ You are my heroes,” said Rev. Dr. George Mathison.
And many, many of his fellow officers and friends expressed how much Officer Buechner meant to them.
“I loved him. We loved him. There is no greater love to lay down his life for his friends,” said Auburn Police Officer Bradley Henderson.
Chief Paul Register said we will always remember him and everything he meant to to the community and the Police Division.
“He did the job right. His integrity was never questioned,” said Chief Register.