Funeral held for Eric Talley, hero cop in Boulder shooting

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The funeral for Eric Talley — the hero police officer killed in the Boulder supermarket massacre — is underway in Colorado.

The Tuesday service at the Flatirons Community Church in Lafayette is open to the public and will honor the life of the 51-year-old father of seven. It is also being livestreamed.

On Monday, the 11-year veteran was remembered at a funeral mass for his dedication to law enforcement — his casket draped in American flag and saluted by his fellow brothers in blue.

“For too often, you are taken for granted and yet in situations like this, you are the ones who protect human life,” Archbishop Samuel Aquila said at the service at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver.

Talley was among the first officers to arrive on scene at the King Soopers last Monday — leading a team into the grocery store where they were met with a hail of bullets from alleged gunman Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.

Police said Talley was shot in the head — the last of 10 victims killed that day.

His handcuffs were later used to arrest Alissa, 21, who is charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and faces additional charges in the coming weeks.

Talley became a police officer in 2010 at age 40 — reportedly leaving a lucrative job in IT to take the oath of service. He was inspired to join the force following the death of one his friends in a DUI crash.

In an emotional press conference after the shooting, Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold recalled having Talley and his family in her office for an award ceremony just a couple weeks earlier.

“This officer has seven children, ages 5 to 18,” she said. “I just had that officer’s whole family in my office two weeks ago to give him an award. So it’s personal. This is my community, I live here.”

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