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Honoring a fallen hero

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GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ)--A fallen hero was laid to rest on Thursday.

He protected our country both in the military and at the border.

While his service will be deeply missed - he's a role model that can't be replaced.

“It doesn't matter if you know the officer or not, it's still member of the extended fami9ly and you still feel it,” said Lt. Derik Zimmel, of the Grand Forks Police Department.

Hundreds of federal and local police officers - along with family and friends poured into the Alerus Center today to say goodbye to 51-year-old Christopher Bacon.

“It was tough, I've been to a lot of law enforcement funerals, but when it's somebody you worked with it's definitely a whole different experience,” said Officer Michael Peterson, of the St. Paul Police Department.

The husband and father of four was killed last week when his SUV slammed into a semi on Highway 2 near Crookston.

He worked for the office of intelligence - under the umbrella of Customs and Border Protection.

Prior to that - he served in the U.S Army as a specialist and spent a number of years as agent with the grand forks border patrol office.

“Chris was a fun guy who had a passion for helping others,” said Peterson.

Michael Peterson, now a member of the St. Paul Police Department, knows that first hand--Christopher Bacon helped train him on the border.

“I was new on the job and he was always willing to give me advice and help me through any situation I might have.”

That was echoed in Bacon's work with teenagers. He was one first to step up to the plate to help Grand Forks Police with their Law Enforcement Explorer Post - to recruit teens toward the career path.

“Energetic, he had enthusiasm that overflowed, he was the prototypical go getter, he couldn't sit still for more than 30 seconds or he would just burst,” said Zimmel.

A man remembered for making the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country.

“It takes your breath away,” said Zimmel.

“Realize there is more outside of law enforcement, and you need to embrace your family and love your family, that is the message Chris shared,” said Peterson.

Bacon, who was born in Texas, will be laid to rest with full military honors will be at a later date in Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio, Texas.