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Grief runs free at services for fallen Colo. detective

James B. Meadow
Rocky Mountain News
Copyright 2006 Denver Publishing Company
Staff Writer Charlie Brennan contributed to this story

On a day when the sky was so uncluttered and blue it almost hurt to look at it, they buried a good cop. Maybe a great cop. Maybe even a "fallen Colorado hero" - at least that's what the governor said.

But, for Detective Mike Thomas, just being a good cop was always good enough. The guy who was forever telling friends, "I ain't nobody," the guy who didn't bother to tell his own brother that he had won the Aurora Police Department's highest honor, the guy who wore his sense of duty and honor as comfortably and effortlessly as he wore his T-shirts - that guy would have been uncomfortable with the pomp and circumstance that accompanied his funeral Tuesday at the Heritage Christian Center.

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