3-year-old's gesture for fallen Ind. officer moves city

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by WHAS editors

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Posted on July 13, 2014 at 11:15 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 13 at 11:15 AM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - A difficult week for the Indianapolis Metro Police Department as the city and officers said goodbye to one of their own, but the death of Officer Perry Renn is touching the lives of people all across the city--including 3-year-old Mackenzie Fedeler.

Her parents took her to Renn's squad car, which served as the officer's memorial this past week.

Before they left, Mackenzie grabbed her favorite teddy bear as a way to honor Officer Renn and left it at his squad car.

That gesture of love prompted another. On Friday, IMPD officer Lance Rector showed up at Mackenzie's home.

He brought his favorite childhood teddy bear and a patch off an old uniform.

Officer Rector said he was touched by the little girl's gesture.

"When you go out of your way to recognize things, and you go out of your way to show appreciation, it comes back to you," he said.

Officer Rector also brought his white carnation from the funeral, and a special memorial coin.
Mackenzie's parents hope to create a shadow box to preserve the gifts for her, and explain the difference she's made.
 

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