A final salute for Officer Lorenzo

Hun­dreds mourned the loss of Phil­adelphia Po­lice Of­ficer Bri­an Lorenzo last week.

Po­lice Of­ficers carry Bri­an Lorenzo’s coffin after a fu­ner­al mass for the fallen of­ficer, Fri­day, Ju­ly 13, 2012, Phil­adelphia, Pa. (Maria Pouch­nikova)

Hun­dreds of po­lice, friends and fam­ily mourned the loss of Phil­adelphia Po­lice Of­ficer Bri­an Lorenzo dur­ing a fu­ner­al Mass at the Cathed­ral Ba­silica of Saints Peter and Paul in Cen­ter City on Fri­day.

Lorenzo’s young­er broth­er Manny, May­or Michel Nut­ter and Deputy Po­lice Com­mis­sion­er Richard Ross all de­livered poignant eu­lo­gies of the vet­er­an High­way Patrol of­ficer who per­ished early last Sunday in a col­li­sion between his po­lice mo­tor­cycle and a wrong-way, al­legedly drunk mo­tor­ist on In­ter­state 95.

“I miss Bri­an so much already. I struggle with his death every day,” said Manny Lorenzo as he broke in­to tears. “And I won­der why such an hon­or­able man could be taken from us so sud­denly.”

Bri­an Lorenzo was a 48-year-old hus­band and fath­er of three and Somer­ton res­id­ent. He served 23 years on the po­lice force, in­clud­ing 15 in High­way Patrol.

Manny Lorenzo fol­lowed his broth­er in­to the po­lice de­part­ment and is a patrol of­ficer in the 25th dis­trict.

“He was my big broth­er and my best friend,” Manny said. “I al­ways looked up to him and that’s why I be­came a po­lice of­ficer. … In his quiet way, he helped mold me in­to the po­lice of­ficer I am today.”

Ross stood in for Com­mis­sion­er Charles Ram­sey, who has been trav­el­ing abroad since pri­or to Bri­an Lorenzo’s death, po­lice sources said.

Ross spoke of how he re­called see­ing Lorenzo’s be­ne­vol­ent smile at po­lice de­part­ment func­tions and how he al­ways looked the part of a mod­el of­ficer.

“He was a man who took his job and his oath very ser­i­ously and he did it well,” Ross said.

Nut­ter said he had got­ten to know Lorenzo, a co-cap­tain on the High­way Patrol Drill Team, per­son­ally.

“We al­ways re­mem­ber his ser­vice, al­ways re­mem­ber his smile and al­ways re­mem­ber his joy at do­ing his duty,” Nut­ter said. ••

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