The world that Adrian Morris was so proud to be a part of -- the law enforcement world -- honored him with the best that it has Tuesday.
Funeral services were held for the 23-year-old Prince George’s County police officer who was killed in a car crash while pursuing theft suspects last week.
“Adrian was a little man with a big heart and a larger-than-life dream,” said his uncle, Linval Crosdale. “Like many other Jamaicans who migrate to the United States, he carried with him the passion to achieve not just for himself, but for those who would look for a symbol of such possibilities.”
There is no greater respect than that shown for a fallen officer and his family. Because Morris’s mother has lost a beloved son her family now grows much bigger -- including every member of the Prince George's County Police Department and all police officers everywhere.
Inside the Woodstream Church in Mitchellville, Officer Morris was remembered not for how he died, but for how he lived.
“He made a lasting on our agency, not only with his coworkers, but with the community as well,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw said. “His loss has left us with a tremendous void.”
“Loss is never easy, and the loss of someone so young is devastating,” Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker said.
Two of Officer Morris's close friends addressed the tearful crowd.
“Adrian Morris was more than a police officer to me,” said Officer Kenneth Hibbard, who knew Morris before he joined the department. “He was more than an explorer to me. He was my little brother.”
The procession to Officer Morris's final resting place in Davidsonville, Md., stretched for miles.
It said, Thank you for the sacrifices made by you and your family. Thank you for giving your life to protect the citizens of Prince George's County. You will never be forgotten.