Hundreds from across Arizona and the U.S. pay respects to fallen Phoenix officer, John Hobbs

SURPRISE, AZ - Hundreds of people showed up from all over Arizona and the country to pay their respects to a Phoenix police officer killed in the line of duty.

It was an emotional scene in Surprise where a visitation was held for Det. John Hobbs, who died after a shootout with a suspect last Monday.

Sgt. Steve Martos said Hobbs was “just an incredible person.”

Phoenix police say officers from California, New Mexico and even Chicago attended.

Captain John J. Chrystal III from New Jersey came to show his support.

“It just brings back sad memories from members that I've known on the Newark Police Department who've died in the line of duty," he said.

Lt. Jeff Hoffman with the Chicago Police Department said he knows first-hand how quickly things can turn deadly.

"One officer in the Chicago police, I'd seen him... five minutes later he was dead," Hoffman said.

Denver Officer Danny Vithe said his police department lost an officer in the line of duty back in 2012 and that it still affects them today.

"When you hear other agencies are going through what we went through, you empathize and sympathize with them and just want to be here to support them,” Vithe said.

Also attending were firefighters and sheriff’s deputies, along with officers from around the region.

Hoffman said it’s a reminder for them not to take one day for granted.

"You get home after that and you hug your wife and your children and tell them that you love them. You never know, it could be you next time," Hoffman said.

A funeral for Hobbs will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria. That service is open to the public.

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