Funeral for Investigator Poloche marks final Charlotte service for fallen heroes

CHARLOTTE — Family, friends and fellow officers said their final goodbyes Monday to a hero.

Investigator Sam Poloche wad laid to rest on Monday afternoon. He was one of the four officers killed in the line of duty during an east Charlotte ambush on April 29.

The services, held two weeks to the day since the ambush, marked the fourth and final funeral held in the Queen City for the fallen heroes.

Poloche’s service was held at the First Baptist Church in Uptown, where Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Officer Joshua Eyer was also given his final goodbyes.

A sea of blue escorted his flag-draped coffin to the church. There, his family, friends and colleagues honored him in a private service.

The memorial service was followed by a procession to Lakeland Memorial Park in Monroe. Community members lined the route down Independence Boulevard starting at 301 S. Davidson Street in Charlotte. A police escort led the procession to the gravesite.

Poloche was born in Venezuela and moved with his family to Florida. He worked with the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction for 14 years, most recently as an investigator.

Poloche is survived by his wife, Cielo, and two sons, ages 18 and 21. One is graduating from high school and the other from college in the next few weeks.

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