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Posted: Friday, May 5, 2006 4:55 pm | Updated: 3:06 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Hundreds of police officers, family members and friends paid tribute to Gilbert police officer Rob Targosz at a Scottsdale church and cemetery Friday.

"My brother was a hero," said Shana Targosz. "We are so proud of him and so happy he had the honor of serving with all of you."

Rob Targosz was riding his police motorcycle to work Saturday when he was struck by a Ford Mustang driven by Tempe resident Tyler Fahlman, 20, who allegedly ran a red light at a Tempe intersection. Targosz died Sunday during surgery at a Scottsdale hospital.

Targosz' funeral was held at Scottsdale Bible Church, where he and his wife Brigitt regularly attended Sunday evening services.

A bagpipe player led pallbearers carrying Targosz' flag-draped casket out of the church, and more than 150 motorcycle officers led a procession to Paradise Memorial Gardens.

There, officers gave Targosz a 21-gun salute and helicopters flew over in formation before a ceremonial last call echoed over officers' radios.

"Rest in peace," the dispatcher said. "Have a good night, sir."

Gilbert police Sgt. Pete Smith, Targosz' former partner and supervisor, said the family chose the Scottsdale cemetery because it was near a condo Targosz and his wife owned.

"She wanted to be able to come see him frequently," Smith said.

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