CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Outside the funeral for fallen Charleston Police officer Jerry Jones, a small table held mementoes from his life.
There were pictures, a framed poem with his handprint beside it, and an essay from his nephew Chris Jones.
The essay, written in 2000, was titled, "Hero Essay."
It describes where Jerry went to school, how he went into the Marines and set goals for himself and why his nephew considered him a hero.
"Jerry Alan is not just my uncle," a young Chris Jones wrote, "he's my friend."
Jones, 27, was killed Sunday by friendly fire after fellow officers opened fire on Brian Scott Good, 31, of Milliken, as he began ramming their cruisers with his vehicle by the side of Quick Road north of the city. Good also was killed.
During Jones' funeral on Wednesday, mourners described him as a patriot, a man who loved his wife and a man who had an inward call to service.
Jones' pastor, David Keeney, remembered Jones as a deeply religious man with a sense of humor and a love for his wife, Samantha, and his family.
"Jerry was a dreamer," he said. "There were many plans in his future, most of which didn't get fulfilled."
Keeney said Samantha Jones had told him that her husband made up for her weaknesses.
"He was conservative, compassionate, old-fashioned and he kept chivalry going," Keeney said.
Before the funeral, Charleston police lining Truslow Street and Kanawha County sheriff's deputies lining Virginia Street were called to attention as Jones' family and a police motorcycle motorcade approached the Municipal Auditorium.
Inside, family members approached the casket, followed by officials of all types. Gov. Joe Manchin stopped briefly at the casket. Among others, Charles Miller, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, also paid his respects.
As police officers from countless departments in West Virginia filed by the casket, photos of Jones as a child flashed on a screen above the auditorium's stage. There were photos of him as a toddler in a kiddie pool, on the Easter Bunny's lap, getting his hair cut in a sink.
Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster and Mayor Danny Jones took their turns in line with the police officers - Webster saluted the casket; Jones placed his hand over his heart.
Pastor Arthur Morrison, said that the greatest measure of a man is to be willing to lay down his life for his friends.
"It's what police do," he said. "They lay their life on the line for their family, friends and country and I believe we should hold them in great admiration."
Morrison said as a boy, Jones was in his wife's Sunday school class. She would always be holding contests to see which of the kids in the class could memorize the most Bible verses.
"Jerry Alan always won," the pastor said, his voice cracking. "My wife said he knew a lot of Scripture."