Funeral services for Rutland Police Officer Jessica Ebbighausen were held Tuesday at University Pavilion, Vermont State University–Castleton Campus, in Castleton.
Ebbighausen, 19, of Ira came from a police family and had wanted to serve as police officer since middle school.
The chain of events on Friday, July 7 that led to Officer Ebbighausen’s death began at 2:35 p.m. with a call to police that a man named Tate Rheaume, 20, was attempting a break-in at a residence on East Washington Street.
Rutland police units began responding to the scene. One of the other police cruisers in pursuit was driven by Officer Ebbighausen, with a supervising full-time officer in the passenger seat.
Rheaume crossed the center line into the eastbound lanes and collided with Officer Ebbighausen’s cruiser.