CORDOVA, TN - It was a somber day in the Mid-South as law enforcement from across the country and many people in the heart of the Mid-South honored a fallen hero.
Memphis Police Officer Martoiya Lang was laid to rest Friday, her funeral service was attended by thousands at Hope Presbyterian in Cordova.
Officer Lang's flag-draped casket arrived well before the 11:00a.m. service was set to begin, however it took nearly 40 minutes to get started because lines of cars blocked the road for miles waiting to get in.
32-year-old Martoiya Lang's death in the line of duty brought thousands of officers from across the country together to honor her life, her sacrifice and her four daughters; Taylour, Dariyn, Naia and Xaria.
Police Director Toney Armstrong told the girls, "Your mother's life will not be in vain she has touched every person on the department, we have lost a sister on this day."
Armstrong spoke about his own young daughter, the fact that he is able to go home and hug her, he became emotional as he said it's, "a feeling Officer Lang's girls will never get again."
He says the officer knew the danger the morning of December 14th when she served the search warrant that led to a shoot out that ended her life. "She could have refused the job" Armstrong said, "Had her male counterparts given her a safer assignment she would have reminded them she was trained just like they were."
She was remembered as a fighter, a humble officer who always wanted to do her best and wanted to be a proud example for her daughters. Pastor Perry Little of the Gateway Church of God in Christ gave the eulogy. He read scripture, "'Greater love has no man than this, that he laid down his life for a friend,' Martoiya was a friend of Memphis, she laid down her life for her City."
Pastor Little closed the nearly two hour ceremony emphatically shouting, "Well done, well done, well done thy good and faithful servant."
Not only was she an example in life, she is now an example in death.
Officer William Vrooman, who was also shot along with officer Lang was at the funeral. He received a standing ovation, Armstrong thanked God for sparing his life.