Thousands attend memorial for Vegas officer lauded as a 'true warrior'

By Mike Blasky
Las Vegas Review-Journal

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — As Las Vegas police officer Milburn "Millie" Beitel lay dying at University Medical Center last week, James Bertuccini took what seemed to be the longest car ride of his life to be at his best friend's side.

"A wave of terror ran through my body," Bertuccini said Wednesday at Beitel's funeral. "I just said, 'Please, God, not my friend.'"

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