Family friends and fellow law enforcement officers said their finals goodbyes Thursday to a Broward Sheriff's deputy who was killed in an on-duty crash last month.
Thousands gathered at Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale for the funeral of Deputy Benjamin Nimtz, who was killed in the July 21 crash. Authorities say Nimtz had his lights and siren on as he was headed to a domestic violence call in Deerfield Beach when his vehicle collided with a pickup truck in an intersection. The other driver's injuries weren't life-threatening.
Nimtz, 30, who left behind a wife and two young children, had been with the department since March 2018. His partner, Deputy Roberto Ramon, said he'll carry Nimtz's legacy with him forever.
"Not only will I learn to be a better deputy because of him, but a better husband, a better father and just an overall man. I love you bro," Ramon said.
Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony also spoke of Nimtz's sacrifice.
"We drive 100 miles an hour to protect people and rescue them out of cars. We go 100 miles an hour to apprehend someone who is shooting at someone. That's the exceptionalism of what Benji was. He died giving his life doing exactly that," Tony said.
The crash is still under investigation.