Last Thursday night, as we watched the news from the comfort of our homes, five Dallas Police Officers were shot and killed. Five families had their worst nightmare play out on live T.V. The names of the fallen are Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael J. Smith, and Michael Krol. The city of Dallas has been in mourning over the tragic losses. Dallas Police Chief Brown addressed cameras saying, “We are heartbroken. There are no words to describe the atrocity that happened to our city.”
Since the attack, people in Dallas have shown their support for the fallen officers- placing flowers, balloons, and candles outside of Dallas PD’s Headquarters. However, the hurt extends beyond the city of Dallas. For some, like Cindy Warren, it has reopened old wounds. Her son, Tampa Police Officer David Curtis, was murdered during a routine traffic stop in 2010. She knows all too well the pain these Dallas families are in, “When you lose a law enforcement officer- he’s the one who is supposed to be helping us and as a parent you couldn’t protect him.”
Warren has channeled her pain by working for C.O.P.S. or Concerns Of Police Survivors. C.O.P.S. aids the families of deceased Police Officers. She says they were having a big meeting in St. Louis when they heard the news out of Dallas, “Most of us just about fell to our knees- we were sick to our stomachs. The mere mention of five- five families going through what we went through. There’s no words to describe it.”
C.O.P.S. felt compelled to hold a memorial for the Dallas victims here in the Port City. The candlelight vigil will begin at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night and will be held at Cooper-Riverside Park. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring their own candles to honor those five officers.