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Vegas police, community honor fallen officer Alyn Beck

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More than 2,400 family members, friends and fellow officers gathered at the Smith Center for Performing Arts to pay their final respects for fallen officer Alyn Beck.

Beck's brother Joseph Beck read parts of the oath Beck took when becoming a Metro police officer. He read, "I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust."

It was this oath of honor Beck said his brother lived by. He said the fallen hero had a soft kind heart, was disciplined and uncompromising, and had compassion for those he served.

Beck said, "Alyn was true to the cause of creating a better, safer, more secure life for everyone, he never wavered."

The 41-year-old husband and father of three is described by sister Elizabeth Krmpotich as having the body of a fine tuned athlete and the mind of an engineer. She said he was happy serving people, but happiest serving his family.

Krmpotich said, "Countless souls have benefited from the dedicated service of Alyn, he was known to be a tireless doer of good customarily forgetting his own comforts."

Beck was a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and loved teaching the youth. A letter written by Beck's 11-year-old daughter on the day of his death was read at the service.

Elder Terry Wade from the area of the seventy for the church read, "I wish that I could have said goodbye to you, I will always be thinking of you, I'll see you in heaven. I think this is just one of those trials for our family to get stronger."

During his career Beck had countless accomplishments, his sister said the biggest was being hand selected to help start the Multi Assault Counter Terrorism Action Capabilities unit which is now taught and used throughout Nevada.

Krmpotich said, "Ironically and fittingly, it was his training that allowed responding officers on June 8, to neutralize the suspects in Wal-Mart as quickly as they did, likely saving many more lives."

Sergeant Jimmy Oaks worked closely with Beck and fellow fallen officer Igor Soldo. He said, "I can not grasp the reality that my boys are not coming home, I have a tremendous hole in my heart and a void in my roster that I'll never get back."

Oaks said before his untimely death Beck was in the process of testing for Sergeant, and although he will never get the chance to get the official title he said the legacy he now leaves behind is something every officer can aspire to.

Oaks said, "Whether he holds the title or not, in my eyes he was a sergeant, he was my right hand man and he did a lot of things for me, so with that said, rest in peace Sergeant Beck, I love you man."

With heavy heart, loved ones looked on to Beck's flag draped casket, bowing their heads with sorrow, Sheriff Doug Gillespie gave comfort in saying an officer who does their duty, never dies in vain.

Gillespie said, "We will be there to make sure his place in history is secure, and Alyn Beck is never forgotten."

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