The names of the five officers killed Thursday night when a gunman opened fire on police officers during a peaceful protest in Dallas have been released. They are Officer Patrick Zamarippa, Officer Michael Krol, Officer Brent Thompson, Officer Michael Smith, and Officer Lorne Ahrens.
Officer Zamarippa survived three tours in Iraq before joining the Dallas Police Department five years ago. Zamarippa was stationed at several bases across the country, including Naval Air Station Pensacola.
The Navy released a statement about Zamarippa last night. Vice Admiral Robin Braun, Chief of Navy Reserve, had this to say about their fallen comrade:
The horrific loss of life that occurred last night in Dallas has shocked us all and serves as a reminder of the dangers that our first responders and Shipmates like MA2 Patricio Zamarripa face each and every day. The Navy family and, indeed, all of America grieve at the senseless loss of MA2 Zamarripa and his fellow police officers. Together they faithfully and honorably served their Nation and community and through their devotion to duty will forever stand as a shining example and source of inspiration to all who were fortunate enough to have known them. They and their families will remain in our thoughts and prayers.”
According to a biography released from the Navy, Zamarippa was currently assigned to a unit out of Gulfport, Mississippi. He was a member of the Navy Cargo Handling Battalion 13.
The Washington Post published an article about the life of Zamarippa and talked to a man who served with Zamarippa during his time in Pensacola. Greg Wise was a counselor for young Navy sailors and would talk to them about their future in the military. Wise said that when Zamarippa left, it was for the right reasons.
“For him, he was just tired of being away from the people he loved,” Wise recalled. “He wanted to go back and serve his community.” According to Wise, Zamarippa had known for a long time that he wanted to be a police officer in Texas.
He leaves behind a 2-year-old daughter and stepson. His stepbrother posted on Twitter he “couldn’t be prouder.”
According to Zamarripa’s Twitter bio, he loved his job. “Addicted to the thrill of this job,” Zamarripa wrote. “I own the night.”