Thousands attend Dunn visitation

Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn smiled down upon the thousands of people who visited him Thursday.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 25, 2011

Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn smiled down upon the thousands of people who visited him Thursday.

Many tilted their heads upward and saw Dunn beaming with joy while wearing his 1999 Sandusky High royal blue graduation gown.

Mourners also observed Dunn during his happiest times: Marrying his wife, Julie, in a luau-themed wedding and spending time with his son, Caleb, when the pair visited the Easter Bunny.

A slide show offered snapshots of Dunn's life through his eight-hour public viewing at The Chapel.

Based on the photos, Dunn maximized his 30-year life. Of the dozens shown, each image captured Dunn's smile as it stretched wide across his face.

But the mood remained somber as scores of people -- local residents as well as people from around the state -- paid their respects to a man shot and killed on the streets of Sandusky in what many have called a senseless crime. Among them stood officers from departments near and far, who came to say goodbye to their fallen comrade.

People patiently waited in line for up to an hour to pay their respects to Dunn's family.

"Things will get better," Sandusky resident Nancy Grathwol told the family. "Keep your chin up."

When people slowly made their way to the front of the line, they each took a moment to gaze upon Dunn during the open-casket viewing.

Several red and white flower bouquets surrounded him. Homemade cards and area police badges decorated the interior of the coffin.

Dunn, dressed in uniform, clutched silver Peace sign necklaces.

A U.S. flag draped nearby, showcasing his patriotism and the sacrifice he made in the line of duty.

"Thank you for your service," said Sandusky resident Tom Knupke.

People may again pay homage to Dunn today.

His funeral procession will begin after a 1 p.m. private service at The Chapel.

Organizers have asked people to line the processional route, which will snake its way from Perkins Township through downtown Sandusky, to show support for Dunn and his family.

"The (showing Thursday) was a tremendous tribute to Andy," said Sandusky police Det. John Orzech. "(Today's) tribute will show what Andy stood for and show that his commitment to the community was unparalleled."

 

Read Friday's Register for processional details, more ways to donate to the Dunn family and a complete recap of Randleman's 1990 murder trial.

 

Comments

doglover4life

OFFICER DUNN, MAY YOU FOREVER REST IN PEACE....

Dreambro

 O^O  WT?  RIP DUNN? STOP ANIMAL ABUSE?  ok

Katelih-Trailer...

Dreambro....Some people create a  SIGNATURE that automatically shows up when they comment on something....Sometimes, it is not fitting to the story.. I had a problem with a persons signature seeming very insensitive to a topic, a long while ago....

beatstreet

Officer Andrew Dunn is clearly a hero, not because of his death, because of his life. How many people can say they had, chased and achieved a childhood dream? He not only had a dream, but a dream of service to others. Achieving the amount of happiness  it appears he had, is a very special thing. Although far too short it must have been wonderful.

He's a hero not because of what he did but because he did it. Heroes do things that others didn't, couldn't or wouldn't.  Thank you God for heroes. Thank you God for Andrew Dunn. 

stepham2009

You said it all John..thanks for your words for Andy...He was, is and will REMAIN a HERO to SANDUSKY ALWAYS!!! We love you Andy....Thank you for Your SERVICE and SACRIFICE to the Sandusky Communtiy

Rusty of Sandusky

Will there be any live radio or Register video coverage of the motorcade to alert area residents of its progress through the route? I would like to give my support when it passes near my home and have my young daughter with me, but it will be too cold for me to have her sit there with me the entire time waiting.  Make no mistake, *I* have no issue standing in the cold if it was just myself, but it wouldn't be wise or fair to make a 4 year old stand on the sidewalk for a few hours in the cold just waiting...

Kottage Kat

Planning to be there today to say farewell to  a fallen hero. To share the sorrow of this senseless act, and mourn with a shattered community. To Andy's family, be strong and be of good courage in the days ahead. May God bring you comfort and peace.

SPD honor your fallen brother in continuing to serve and protect. May God Bless each of you as you continue what Andy stood for, and died for.

Gardenman

"drumstxx says"  you have said is it so well in your posting. All of us in this community have cried this week in this tragedy but we have all also been inspired by this young man's life.

sash

Rusty- I've heard that they anticipate the route taking about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. Guess you could look at the route and estimate where they might be and when. It's around 7 miles from the Chapel to Meigs St. and that looks to be less than half the route. Best guess? Around 2:45 for Meigs. You're right though... It would be nice for SR or the radio to give "updates" as to the progress. Same problem for us except I have an elderly parent who wants to pay her respects and she's not well enough to be out in the cold for long. Good luck!

MOM OF 6

As Sandusky says a final good bye to a fallen hero today. My thoughts and prayers will be with you all. Andy you will be missed. RIP

 

astro

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VTX Rider

Astro - Can you please give it a rest.  This blog is to hondor Ofc Dunn.  This has already been posted on one of the other blogs.  If you are so oppposed to the SR then get stay off the web site and don't post.  Maybe you could redirect your energies to something positive.

Coopers Mommy916

we lost a great man, he was a hero not only to everyone in sandusky, but his sons he will be dearly missed, may he still protect us from above..

 

REST IN PEACE ANDY

streak

God Bless Andy! SHS

I Judge you

I wish nothing but the best to the Dunn family.  It is wonderful to see so much love and support from the community.

Laura Nemeth

 @ Rusty of Sandusky - yes, it will be broadcast live on the Sandusky Register's web site.

Rusty of Sandusky

@ LoraBora   Thanks for the info. That will help tremendously.

singlemomohio

RIP Officer Andy Dunn, his family and friends and fellow officers are in my thoughts and prayers

Tool Shed

It was great to see so many friends and family who came to pay their respects yesterday.  Today is said to be even bigger. possibly the largest procession in Ohio ever.  All are welcome to attend and support the family and be part of the procession to the burial today following the service which begins at 1pm.  Please come out and support the Dunn family.

Dick-Tracey.

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Typical

It's a SAD SAD day today

 

RIP OFFICER DUNN

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DEEPsix

 RIP Andy... "End of Watch" Job well done, The Lord Will comfort your family. God Speed.

MINE

RIP Officer Dunn.   The community loves you and will never forget.

 

SR....could you please remove "CONCERNED CITEZENS" post?  Nothing but sarcasm....NOT THE DAY FOR IT TODAY OR ANY DAY!

badsuzee

ONCE AGAIN-FAREWELL TO OUR HERO ANDY DUNN.  YOU WILL BE TAKING YOUR LAST RIDE HERE ON EARTH.  MAY YOU WATCH OVER ALL OF US FROM YOUR NEW HOME.  YOU LIVED A GOOD LIFE ANDY AND WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE SERVICE YOU DID TO OUR TOWN.  THANK YOU ANDY AND ALL POLICE OFFICERS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.  AND ID LIKE TO SAY THANX TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE SERVING OUR COUNTRY IN THE ARMED SERVICES.  R.I.P. ANDY AS YOU TAKE YOUR FINALLY JOURNEY THRU THE STREETS OF SANDUSKY ON THIS DATE  3/25/2011  GOD BLESS THE DUNN FAMILY.

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Mime Bloggling

 The funeral processional route:

From The Chapel Church, right onto Galloway Rd. to Hull Rd., left on Hull Rd. to Milan Rd. right on to Milan Rd. to Sycamore Line, right on Sycamore Line to Meigs St., left on to Meigs St. to Water St., left on Water St. to Jackson St., left on Jackson St. to W. Washington St., left on W. Washington St. to Columbus Ave., right on to Columbus Ave. to Perkins Ave., right on to W. Perkins Ave. to Sanford St., and a right into Calvary Cemetery.

Dick-Tracey.

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Doody

RIP in the days passed you protected us, today, we honor you and protect your memory

lightninjack

concerned citezen do you have to keep coming up with witicisms to try to make a mockery of such a dark day in the history of the city? you are showing you true lack of maturity and respect and intelligence

R.I.P Andy

Sapphire

Thank you lightinjack. I enjoy humor as much as the next guy, but this is neither the time nor place for it.

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SmithMan1

Rest In Peace.

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