Deputy killed in Dorner shootout remembered for bravery and humor
San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah Alan MacKay, who died last week in a shootout with accused killer Christopher Dorner, was remembered at his funeral Thursday as a "cop's cop" with an infectious sense of humor.
Colleagues at the service at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino said he was the winner of the office Ugly Sweater Contest "by a reindeer's nose" and drew giggles each day when he arrived with his pink, Hello Kitty lunch bag.
"Jeremiah loved a good pint, whiskey and cigars, and he was so much fun to spend time with," said Roger Loftis, his friend and partner.
MacKay was hailed as a hero for his actions at the Big Bear-area cabin where the massive manhunt for Dorner came to an end Feb. 12. Dorner, a former police officer suspected of a violent rampage that left three others dead, died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound as the cabin went up in flames, officials said.
MacKay, a 14-year department veteran, was involved for days in the search for Dorner in the San Bernardino Mountains.
San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon praised his fallen deputy for his role in stopping Dorner, saying "Jeremiah MacKay stood for good against evil."
"Jeremiah's bravery, heroism and sacrifice will not be forgotten," McMahon said.
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-- Garrett TherolfPhoto: Allison Seratt, 5, holds a sign along the funeral procession route for the fallen San Bernardino County sheriff's Deputy Jeremiah MacKay. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times