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State Funeral Service for the Two Fallen Cops Held

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State funeral service of the two fallen cops shot dead in Wabag during the 2017 National Elections in July was held on Friday in Mt Hagen.

Late Constable Glen Jimmy and First Constable Alex Kopa will finally be put to rest in their own villages in Jiwaka and Simbu respectively.

It has been two months since the two cops were shot dead in Wabag.

Bodies of the two fallen heroes were flown in to Mt Hagen from Goroka funeral home on Friday morning.

Before the funeral service was held, a long convoy of police, defense and families of the two cops carried the bodies to Mt Hagen City to pay their last respect. Mt Hagen City came to a standstill, as they watched the grieving police and the families of Late Jimmy and Kopa touring the town.

Those who attended the dual funeral service were Deputy Police Commissioner Operations, Jim Andrews, rank and files of the Royal PNG Constabulary, PNG Defense Force and families of the two fallen cops.

Late Glen Jimmy and Alex Kopa had similar backgrounds; Jimmy was a first-born son, born on June 15, 1990 to his Jiwaka Parents. He joined the Constabulary in 2014. His first post was in Mt Hagen were he stayed until his ultimate death in July 2017.

Jimmy was described to be a role model and during his school life, he was appointed multiple times president of fellowship groups.

Jimmy is survived by a two-year-old son and a pregnant wife.

Late Alex Kopa was also a first-born son, born on November 25, 1984 to father, Harry Kopa, of Simbu and mother who is from East Sepik Province.

As a Seventh-day Adventist, Alex was an active churchgoer growing up.

He joined the constabulary in 2011.

After passing out in Bomana, Kopa was posted to Mt Hagen as his first post.

Both Jimmy and Kopa were members of the Mt Hagen Mobile Squad 6 until their death.

Kopa left behind three wives and two children and an unborn child.

Bodies of the two cops were transported to their respective Provinces yesterday.

Their families will have separate funeral services and burial this week.

RPNGC gave K10,000 and a pig each to the families of the two cops.

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