SINGAPORE - With black armbands and tears on their faces, traffic police officers turned pallbearers to send off their late colleague on Friday (June 2).
The party of 11, dressed in the formal white Number One police uniform, were among almost 50 police officers who paid their final respects to Staff Sergeant Nadzrie Matin at his Choa Chu Kang home.
Some of the pall bearers fought back tears as they carried the coffin, draped with the national flag, from the void deck to the hearse.
Staff Sergeant Nadzrie, a traffic police outrider, died on Thursday (June 1) after an accident along Serangoon Road at about 10.40am while he was performing his duties.
The 52-year-old driver of the vehicle involved in the accident - said to be a black van - has been arrested for a negligent act causing death.
Investigations are ongoing.
A relative said Staff Sergeant Nadzrie was married. He was from a family of five children.
From the mortuary, Staff Sergeant Nadzrie's body was brought home to Block 487A Choa Chua Kang Avenue 5 for the ritual washing and shrouding at about 12.20pm.
Home Affairs and Law Minister K Shanmugam paid his respects, describing the late police officer as a "true son of Singapore".
"Officers like him go about their duties day to day. They are the unsung heroes," he said.
Others who came to offer their condolences were Home Affairs Parliamentary Secretary Amrin Amin and Chua Chu Kang GRC Member of Parliament Zaqy Mohamad.
Friends and family could be seen sobbing as prayers were read over the body at the void deck of the block.
The body was then taken to Al Khair Mosque at Teck Whye Crescent, where hundreds had gathered for funeral prayers, filling the ground floor of the three-storey mosque.
Arriving at the cemetery shortly after 3pm, the late Staff Sergeant Nadzrie received a final salute from his colleagues as his body was lifted past them.
More than 1,000 people attended the burial at the Pusara Aman Muslim cemetery, including Mr Amrin and Commissioner of Police Hoong Wee Teck.
Staff Sergeant Nadzrie was laid to rest at about 4pm.