Hundreds say farewell to Modesto police Sgt. Steve May

UPDATE Hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the area and state gathered at First Baptist Church in Modesto today to remember Modesto police Sgt. Steve May, who was injured on duty in 2002. He went into a coma and never came out of it. He died last week.

After the service, a long line of police cars and motorcycles, firetrucks, ambulances and private vehicles accompanied the hearse bearing May's body through the streets downtown on its way to Lakewood Memorial Park.

Streets adjacent to First Baptist Church at 12th and Needham streets in Modesto will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today for funeral services for Modesto Police Sgt. Steve May.

At the conclusion of the service, a police procession will travel southbound on 11th Street from Needham Street, eastbound on “D” Street, eastbound on Yosemite Boulevard, and southbound on Santa Fe Avenue until arriving at the Lakewood Memorial Park.

Intersections along the route will be blocked as the procession passes through (estimated time the procession will pass through the downtown is between 11:30 a.m. and noon).

Below are the streets that will close to both traffic and parking:

— Needham Street from McHenry to College avenues

— L Street from 12th to Needham streets

— M Street from 10th to Needham streets

— 14th Street from L to K streets

Motorists should expect traffic delays before and after the 10 a.m. service.

May, 53, died Thursday; he had been in a coma since an on-duty collision in 2002.

Tuesday, Gov. Schwarzenegger issued a statement: "Modesto Police Sgt. Steve May bravely and selflessly dedicated his life to protecting the citizens of his community. He diligently worked to ensure public safety and Maria and I join the people of Modesto in remembering his service. Our hearts go out to Steve's family, friends and fellow officers during this difficult time."

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