Copeland, 33, of Janesville, was killed when a truck crossed the center line and struck his squad car head-on about noon in the town of Albion, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. Copeland had served as an officer with the McFarland Police Department since 2013.
Community members stood outside the McFarland municipal center to honor Copeland as the procession began.
Participants included Dane County sheriff’s deputies and officers from McFarland police, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and police and fire departments from Stoughton, Oregon, Verona and Monona.
When the procession arrived in Janesville, a Rock County honor guard carried the casket into the Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home as grieving family members and about 50 officers from Dane and Rock County saluted, according to the Gazette.
Several local police dogs and their handlers were among those present, as was Copeland’s K-9 partner, Boris. Copeland was on the job Monday driving his squad car from home to pick up Boris.
The dog was at a kennel because Copeland was coming back from vacation, according to McFarland Police Chief Craig Sherven.
Copeland never made it to the kennel.
Law enforcement officers are maintaining their customary guard over the casket until services this week.
Services are set for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1, at First Lutheran Church in Janesville.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 30, at Whitcomb-Lunch Funeral Home and from 9 a.m. until the time of services Tuesday at the church.