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OSP, Hamilton Co Sheriff's Office covering for CPD during funeral services

Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief James Whalen (FOX19 NOW) Cincinnati Assistant Police Chief James Whalen (FOX19 NOW)
Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati Police Officer Sonny Kim (FOX19 NOW/file)
Officer Sonny Kim with his three sons and wife, Jessica. (Provided Go Fund Me) Officer Sonny Kim with his three sons and wife, Jessica. (Provided Go Fund Me)
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Hamilton County Sheriff's Office will help cover shifts Thursday and Friday so Cincinnati police can attend Officer Sonny Kim's funeral services.

The troopers and deputies will mostly will be handling traffic crashes. Beyond that, Cincinnati officers will cover other calls in the city, said Assistant Police Chief James Whalen.

All Cincinnati police will have the opportunity to attend the first in-the-line-of-duty funeral in nearly 15 years. It's the first one for more than two-thirds of agency's officers who were not around in 2000, when the last Cincinnati officer was killed on the job.

"People grieve in different ways and so we respect that," said Whalen, a 29-year veteran of the department. "I know from prior incidents like this that I have been involved in, I handle it better when I'm working, when I'm doing something as supposed to being somewhere thinking about it. Different people handle things in different ways and we are prepared to deal with that."

Cincinnati police have received an outpouring of support from police agencies across the region. Xavier University's campus police and police departments in Loveland, Montgomery, Norwood are helping with Officer Kim's visitation and funeral at Xavier's Cintas Center and procession to Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

"I gotta say probably every other agency in Hamilton County as well as some in Indiana and Northern Kentucky have called and offered whatever they could do to assist us and we just had to pare down that list to see exactly what we needed to do to get through these next couple of days and we are very appreciative of those offers," Whalen said.

The public can pay tribute to Officer Kim by attending his public visitation Thursday and funeral Friday, as well as lining the 14-mile Montgomery Road procession to his final resting spot at Gate of Heaven. His burial will be private.

You also can donate to two benefit funds for the family: Go Fund Me and one at the Cincinnati Police Federal Credit Union.

The public is discouraged from trying to directly contact the officer's wife and three teenage sons.

"They are a very private family," Whalen said. "They just need their space and their time right now and everyone needs to respect that. They are enduring the greatest tragedy that anybody can imagine. They are a very strong family and, of course, they have tremendous support both from their internal family as well as their external police family. So we are seeing to everything that we can for them, understanding that there is nothing that is going to replace their loss."

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