Hundreds honor 2 Atlanta officers killed in crash

November 9, 2012 - 7:33 PM
Atlanta Helicopter Crash Funerals

An Atlanta Police honor guard carries the casket containing to remains of Atlanta Police helicopter pilot Richard J. Halford during a memorial service Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 in Atlanta. Halford was one of two officers killed last Saturday night in a helicopter crasher while assisting in a search for a missing child. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officers are honoring two Atlanta police officers killed when their helicopter crashed during a nighttime search for a missing boy.

Officers Richard J. Halford and Shawn A. Smiley died in Saturday night's crash of their OH-6A helicopter in an Atlanta street. The missing boy was later found safe.

On Friday, a motorcade of officers lined up at Turner Field for a procession to Jackson Memorial Baptist Church for the funeral of Halford, a pilot who had been with the department for 26 years.

On Saturday, a funeral will be held for Smiley at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. A tactical flight officer, Smiley joined the department two years ago. Both men were fathers.

The National Transportation Safety Board continues to investigate the cause of the crash.