Fallen Fresno PD officer let his ‘light shine within this community,’ laid to rest

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State and city leaders were among the many who spoke Sunday at the final funeral service for Fresno Police officer Phia Vang.

He died in a car accident on Highway 180 more than two weeks ago when a wrong way driver crashed into Vang while he was on his way home. 

One by one, officers were ushered into the Fresno convention Center to say goodbye to one of their own.

Vang was a friend, a brother, husband and father.

“Dad, I’m going to miss you, I’m going to miss your smile, your eyes, your scent, your laughter,” says Corey Vang, his son.

Vang’s eldest son, Corey, says he will walk through life without his dad knowing the road will be tough.

“When I graduate, I will cry, when I get married, I will cry, when I get my dream house, I will cry, when I have my first child, I will cry because you won’t be next to me,” his son said, weeping.

But, he and his family have support.

A sea of law enforcement officers filled the room, and Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer, visibly emotional as a slideshow of Vang’s life played on.

Moments later taking the stage, Dyer thanks Vang and his loved ones for his 26 years of dedication to the force and to the community.

“As I stand here today, I know without a doubt Phia Vang allowed his light to shine within this community and I am confident that he glorified his father in heaven,” Dyer remarked.

Speaker after speaker, recalling the role model Vang was in the Hmong community.

“He always had a dream of helping others, this is why he chose to be an officer where he could serve the community,” says Yong Vang, Vang’s brother.

State and city leaders took to the stage, as well as City of Fresno Mayor Lee Brand.

“Mayor Lee Brand and the Fresno City Council do hereby proclaim Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019 Phia Vang day in the City of Fresno,” city officials announced.

Photographs of memories, and a beautiful violin serenade.

Then a final call played for all to hear: “Fresno one to all units I’m honored to give the final log off to FAX 14 Officer Phia Vang, badge 626.”

Fresno City College president, Carole Goldsmith says the school plans to honor Vang by starting a scholarship in his name.

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