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San Luis Obispo supporters attend procession to honor fallen San Luis Obispo police detective Luca Benedetti

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - People all over the City of San Luis Obispo stood along the side of Grand Avenue and Monterey street for a procession they say they will never forget.

Bill Peterson was one of many who lined the procession route to honor detective Luca Benedetti.

"I want to honor our police officers and our firemen who dedicate so much of their lives and never ask for anything in return. When we lose one it’s like losing a member of our family," said Peterson.

Peterson lined up outside the San Luis Obispo Veterans Hall, and waived a flag long before the procession even started.

Parents came with their young kids to witness this long line of police and fire agencies from across California.

"I’m here with my three kids, and I wanted them to be able to pay their respects and know that and the sacrifice they made for us and it’s important for them to understand that," said Heidi Lehmkuhl of San Luis Obispo.

As the police cars drove by supporters waved waved their flags hoping to bring the community together during this difficult time.

"I’m here along with other men and women to support our men and women in uniform that protect and serve our city and our county and we just wanna show that we honor them," said Sonja Withey of San Luis Obispo.

Several young moms say in some ways watching the procession was heartbreaking.

"I just can’t imagine what his wife grace is going through and his daughters and to lose their father at such a young age and we just wanna support them in anyway we can," said Withey.

Those who attended the procession say they were pleased so many in San Luis Obispo came to show their support.

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