HOUSTON - The community gathered to pay their respects as Nassau Bay Police Sgt. Kaila Sullivan is laid to rest today.
"Kaila left us this last Tuesday doing exactly what she wanted to do. She was putting herself out there to make the world a safer and better place. Thank you, Kaila, for taking care of us. You will be missed. Rest easy. We got it from here," Nassau Bay Police Chief Tim Cromie said during the service.
"She taught us how to love. She loved what she did, who she worked with, her son, her wife and her family," Jared Sullivan, her brother, said.
Nassau Bay Mayor Mark Denman proclaimed December 29, Kaila's anniversary date, as Sgt. Kaila Marie Sullivan Day.
Sgt. Sullivan was killed during a traffic stop on December 10.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to be made in Sgt. Sullivan's memory to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Benevolence Association.
Authorities say Sgt. Sullivan was killed on December 10 while assisting with a traffic stop, during which the driver was found to be wanted on a warrant. During the arrest, police say the suspect broke away from officers, got back into his vehicle, drove away, and at some point struck Sgt. Sullivan with the vehicle. She passed away at the hospital. The suspect was arrested two days later.
Sgt. Sullivan was a resident of Friendswood. December 27 would have been her 16th anniversary with the Nassau Bay Police Department.
Not only is Sgt. Sullivan the first Nassau Bay officer ever killed in the line of duty, an officer there has never even been injured.
The 43-year-old sergeant leaves behind her spouse after just getting married last summer, her 15-year-old son, and countless sisters and brothers in blue who are left heartbroken.