Milwaukee County Sheriff's Deputy Sergio Aleman was remembered as a loving father, a friend and devoted public servant Tuesday, as a standing-room-only crowd including government and law enforcement officials gathered for his funeral.
Aleman, 49, an 18-year veteran of the department, was killed July 31, after his vehicle slammed into the back of a flatbed tow truck while he was on duty. He was married and had five children.
The emotional words of Aleman's oldest son, Giovanni, moved many in the crowd to tears.
"He taught me that strength is not how much you can lift, but how much you can endure," he said, sobbing. "He taught me that it's not what a man has done, but what he is doing right now.
"My father taught me that true treasure can't be bought, but that the true treasure of life is life itself. He taught me that the most important lesson is to live, love and to laugh . . . and to live every day as if it were your last because life is crazy."
In response to the question many have asked about what they can do in this time of grief, "tell the people around you that you love them," he said.
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