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Hundreds gather to pay respects to fallen officer in Johnstown

Hundreds of law enforcement officers gathered in Johnstown, Penn. Friday morning to remember one of their fallen officers. The service was held at the Cambria County War Memorial.

Officer Lloyd Reed, 54, was gunned down Saturday while responding to a domestic dispute call.

State police say Reed responded to the domestic dispute call at 9:15 p.m. Saturday night at a home in New Florence. He proceeded to exchange gunfire with 31-year-old Ray Shelter, Jr.

He was hit in the chest and passed away at a local hospital. Shelter told police that he returned fire when Reed shot at him as he left with a hunting rifle. But, police think Reed fired when the suspect ignored commands to set the weapon down.

“I truly cannot say enough good about him. He was kind, gentle, caring but also very brave as he demonstrated incredible courage during his last call. Lloyd is a true hero,” St. Clair Township Police Capt. Donald Hess said.

He served the St. Clair Township community as a police officer for the past five years, bringing his total number of years as an officer to 25.

Some of his fellow officers described him as a caring person. “Always willing to help. I know I got hurt on the job at the beginning of this year and there wasn’t a day that would go by that he wouldn’t call me just to check on me,” said Hooversville Police Chief Adam Richards.

Friends also recalled how Reed would search for a lost dog, help fix a broken-down car or help someone with a medical problem during his police shifts, ABC News reported.

Hess said that “Lloyd died the way he lived–trying to help somebody.” “He demonstrated incredible courage during his last call.”

“I truly cannot say enough good about him. He was kind, gentle, caring but also very brave as he demonstrated incredible courage during his last call. Lloyd is a true hero,” Hess added.

Friends are raising money for his family since his job did not come with benefits or insurance. Contributions can be made to Washington Financial in McMurray.

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Meredith Rodefer
Meredith Rodefer is a freelance writer, who focuses on anything from lifestyle blogging to hard news, and dancer. Beyond Youth Independent, she has written for sites such as Natmonitor.com, CheekyChicago.com and FamilyFocusBlog.com. Contact Meredith: meredith.rodefer@youthindependent.com