Dallas Strong: Five Lives Remembered


Photo Taken By: Melinda Smith

The recent shooting in Dallas on July 7 has called for more community and national strength than ever before. Dallas didn’t just lose five amazing officers, but fathers, brothers, and friends.

To just say sorry for your loss isn’t enough. Words can only do so much, especially in a time like this. The families of these officers deserve more respect than just words. They lost a part of their lives when those five men laid their lives down protecting the very people who were protesting against them.

Vigils across the nation spanning all the way from Texas to New Jersey have taken place to honor the officers that passed away. Yesterday, APA (Austin Police Association) and CLEAT held a candlelight vigil to honor the officers sacrifice at the Peace Officer’s Memorial located at the Texas Capitol.

In addition, Americans all over have shown their support through makeshift memorials in front of police departments, fundraisers and donations. As an organization, CLEAT donated $10,000 to the Assist the Officer Foundation Dallas (ato.org), to help the families stand back up from their losses.

The five fallen officers: Brent Thompson, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Lorne Ahrens and Patrick Zamarippa are examples of officers who did their job because they sought to protect strangers who were against them. They have been an example to all of what it means to be a police officer.

CLEAT Executive Director, Charley Wilkison said, “Despite the targeted attack and the emergence of additional threats against police, officers across Texas have reported to work with “a determination to solider on.”

Remember the Fallen. Dallas Strong.

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