HARLINGEN — Harlingen police officers yesterday participated in a moment of silence to remember five Dallas police officers killed in the line of a duty one year ago.
Requested by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, law enforcement agencies statewide took a moment of their time to gather around and remember the Dallas officers by turning on the red and blue lights on their police vehicles at 10 a.m.
The Dallas officers were ambushed on July 7, 2016, while policing at a demonstration.
It has been described as the deadliest attack on U.S. law enforcement since the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Dallas Officers Brent Thompson, Michael Krohl, Michael Smith, Patrick Zamarripa and Lorne Ahrens were killed.
Harlingen police said yesterday’s event recognized all law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
“The men and women of the Harlingen Police Department stand with Gov. Greg Abbott to recognize those who have been killed in the line of duty,” Harlingen police said in a statement.
Friday was designated Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day in Texas.
The Texas Governor’s Mansion was to be lighted in blue last night in recognition of the day.
“Today is a day of remembrance for all Texans, but especially for the law enforcement community and their families,” Abbott said in a press release.
“Although Texas has dedicated this day as Fallen Law Enforcement Officer Day, we should always remember the bravery of those who wear the shield to protect our way of life.”
Police departments around the state and the Rio Grande Valley participated in the moment of remembrance.
Police said it was a way of bringing law enforcement together and showing a united front, and a memorial and a tribute to fallen officers.