Hundreds mourn Reno police officer

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Hundreds mourn Reno police officer

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At a tearful memorial service Wednesday, hundreds of mourners honored Reno Police Officer Scott Sorensen.

At a tearful memorial service Wednesday, hundreds of mourners honored Reno Police Officer Scott Sorensen. He died last week at age 49 after a year-long battle with cancer.

Sorensen was a 25-year veteran of the force, starting in the patrol division and later working for the Horse Mounted Unit, with his four-legged partner Utah, and the Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit.

Sorensen's colleagues remembered him yesterday, speaking to the crowd at UNR's Lawlor Events Center:

"See, Scott knew our city very well and he felt like a guardian watching over all of you while he served in air operations. When you look at Scott's personnel file, it's full of life-saving rescues, apprehending dozens of armed and violent offenders, and providing air support to our community and other governmental entities."

"One day he was sent to a house to check for a missing ten-year-old. It was right around Christmastime. Scott ultimately found the boy, took him home, and learned real quickly that the family was struggling financially; they didn't have presents for the kids. So, on his own and out of his own pocket, Scott went and bought a decorated Christmas tree, brought presents to the kids, and brought them back to the house."

"I've said before that he bled blue because he loved what he did so much. About a week and a half ago, at his bedside, when he woke up he was real groggy and he saw myself and another officer sitting there with him. And he looked at me and he said, 'How can you not be proud to do what we do for a living?'"

You've just heard remembrances from Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts, Deputy Chief Thomas Robinson, and Detective Jason Soto.

Along with his comrades, Sorensen leaves behind several family members including his 13-year-old son, Christopher.