NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR- Jake Harrell was remembered at the church he spent his entire life worshipping in Saturday morning in North Little Rock.
Amidst all the pomp and circumstance that a hero deserves.
Randy Jumper a life-long friend shared stories of Jake that he said anyone close to him would recognize.
"Jake Harrell was an amazing man he loved his church he loved his community evidenced by the thousands who have come the last few days to celebrate his life," said Jumper.
His brothers in service paid their respects as well.
A flag was folded and presented to his wife, to reflect the years Harrell protected others.
"Jake was a NLR policeman, a member of the military, and involved in the state forestry commission," Jumper said. "His involvement in that area proves why all those people are here."
His plane went down and Harrell was missing for more than a week.
Hundreds searched for the wreck day after day, withstanding harsh conditions.
"The level of dedication these men and women had who went without sleep, skipped meals," said Jumper. "In the midst of when they said the weather's too difficult they still went out they showed how much they loved Jake. It made me proud to be from North Little Rock, made me proud to be an Arkansan."
Brought home, to rest, his life celebrated by his loved ones.
"Today that's what we did we celebrated a good friend and family member someone who gave his life and everything inside of him for this community," said Jumper.
Harrell leaves behind a wife, Jamie and a scholarship fund has been set up for Jake and Jaime's son Brayden