DALLAS - Hundreds of officers and loved ones gathered Thursday to say goodbye to a Dallas police officer who was killed by a suspected drunken driver.
The funeral service for Sr. Cpl. Jamie Givens was held at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. The church’s parking lot was full of motorcycles from officers across the state.
Givens was on his motorcycle on Interstate 20 and blocking traffic for another officer’s funeral when hit and killed Saturday morning. Police said the driver who hit him, Adrian Breedlove, had a blood-alcohol level more than twice the legal limit at the time. He was charged with intoxication manslaughter and was ordered to remain in custody pending the results of a mental health evaluation.
During the funeral, Dallas Police Department Chief Renee Hall said Givens was one of the first people she met in the department shortly after starting her job as chief.
“He would often be teasing, ‘You need to get out on a motorcycle.’ And I would often respectfully decline. On July 7 at the Ride for Remembrance this year, Jamie said to me, ‘Come on Chief. Grab a helmet and get on a bike and ride.’ I wish I would have. But I assure you, Jamie, we will ride on the other side,” she said.
Givens had a passion for motorcycles. In his 32 years with DPD, he worked as part of the mounted patrol and the SWAT team. But most recently in 2012, he joined the department’s motor unit.
He also founded and led a national motorcycle club for members of law enforcement. His gear was on display and many of the members were at the funeral. A fellow member explained how Givens decided to become a motor jock after already serving in patrol, training, and SWAT.
“He called me one night and said, ‘I need your advice on something. I'm thinking about applying to become a motor jock, what do you think about that?’ I said Jamie, with your love for motorcycles, there is no better way to spend your life, than doing what you love to do,” said Don Parkhurst, retired Supervisory Special Agent, Dept. of Treasury.
The Fort Worth Police Department’s entire motor unit was at the funeral.
"Police officers watch out for each other. We have to watch each other's backs because there are dangers out there that we come face to face with and we rely on each other. It doesn't matter what badge you wear, we all wear blue. The brotherhood is very tight," said Sgt. Marc Povero with the Fort Worth Police Department.
Close friends described Givens as a man with integrity who was committed to his profession and serving his community. He was called a “gentle giant” by many who knew him.
He was just months away from retiring and leaves behind a wife and two sons.
He will be buried in Oklahoma, where he is from originally, on Friday.