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Slain Dallas police officer Michael Krol laid to rest in Michigan

Krol, a Michigan native, died July 7 during ambush attack by sniper

REDFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The funeral for a slain Dallas police officer who was killed in an ambush-style attack earlier this month was held Tuesday in his Michigan hometown. 

Hundreds of fellow officers filled the parking lot of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in Redford Township to honor Michael Krol. Several of them were Dallas officers who flew up for the funeral mass.

"It's very emotional. I got to shake the hands of two Dallas officers this morning," said Jane Riddle, who showed up to pay her respects. "I just shook their hands and said, 'Thank you.' I hope they realize how much people really do support them."

Lucas Calandro is a junior firefighter who also wanted to show his support.

"I just wanted to come down and be respectful. We're all family here," Calandro said.

Krol worked for the Wayne County Sheriff's Office from 2003 to 2007.

His family said being an officer was his life dream. 

"He got into law enforcement and worked really hard to be a police officer.  He spent some time at the correctional facility. It wasn’t quite what he was looking for, so he worked pretty hard to find a job and got one in Dallas," said Jim Ehlke, Krol's uncle. "He was all in, he was all in." 

Krol was killed July 7 when a gunman opened fire on police officers at a protest in Dallas about recent killings by police of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana.

The attacker, Micah Johnson, killed five officers and wounded nine others and two civilians before police killed him with a robot-delivered bomb when negotiations failed. Authorities said Johnson, who was black, told negotiators he wanted to kill as many white police officers as he could. It was the deadliest day for American law enforcement since September 11, 2001.