This past weekend was the anniversary of the Dallas police ambush where five Dallas Police officers were murdered. The names of the fallen officers were Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Patrick Zamarripa, and DART PD officer Brent Thompson. The attack started during a protest on police brutality that was occurring in Downtown Dallas the night of July 7, 2016.
The attacker open fired on police officers and while the officers were under-fire they rushed to protect the protestors while running towards the ambush not knowing whether it was one man or more. It turned out to be just one attacker Micah Johnson who was later killed in a standoff with police.
This attack on the city of Dallas and the officers that protect and serve it was devastating to the law enforcement community and all of those who support them, uniting all in concern for everyone who was affected. This sympathy from such a brutal attack has now led to the tentative House approval of designating July 7th as “Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day.”
Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday called for statewide support of law enforcement in the Capitol in Austin:
“Respect for our law enforcement officials must be restored in this nation. It is our officers who stand between us and all that threatens, and we must stand behind them by sending a clear message that attacks on our men and women in blue will not be tolerated. I ask that all Texans come together to show our appreciation for those who keep us safe,” Abbot proclaimed.
Not only was Friday the one-year anniversary remembrance of the deadliest attack on law enforcement since 9/11, there also was a funeral service for the San Antonio officer Miguel Moreno who was killed in the line of duty last week.
In the wake of last year’s massacre officers nationwide assisted in Dallas while DPD officers went to their fellow comrades’ funerals. This year Dallas officers repaid the favor and headed to San Antonio, an illustration of the family that all officers are a part of.
The job of a law enforcement officer is both honorable and dangerous. Not many are cut out to do the work it takes and few are truly born with the instincts that lay beneath their bones. Support for these men and women has wrongfully been under attack in our nation. Governor Greg Abbott was speaking the truth when stating that we must stand behind these men and women. No matter what the public opinion is about their duties they continue to do their job and protect our communities knowing if they were to fail, there could be a catastrophe. This fatal murderous attack on the city of Dallas will never be forgotten, nor should the sacrifice of those who were killed. Let us remember July 7, 2016 by remembering those whose lives were lost and forever being grateful to those who are still holding the front lines in our cities today.