Dallas Police Dedicate Memorial To Officers Killed July 7th 2016

Alan Scaia
July 08, 2019 - 1:11 pm
Dallas Police Department Memorial

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A memorial in front of Dallas police headquarters to the five officers killed July 7, 2016 was dedicated Monday morning.

Police were working security at a protest in Downtown Dallas. A gunman ambushed officers, killing four on the street then shooting a fifth from a second story window at El Centro College.

Dallas Police Officers Michael Krol and Patrick Zamarripa, Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Sergeant Michael Smith and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Brent Thompson were killed. Seven other officers and two civilians were hurt.

"This is an incredible gift that reminds us we are not forgotten," says Sergeant Ivan Gunter, who worked with three of the officers who were killed. "It reminds us of the hard work and the dedication that people put into this job for the benefit of this whole city."

Gunter says he lost 80 percent of his squad through injury or death in a matter of three minutes that night.

Katrina Ahrens was married to Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens. She is a Dallas police detective and met Ahrens through work.

"He loved his job. He loved being a police officer," she says. "Despite some of the public backlash we get, he was really proud to be here. I'm proud of him, and I'm proud to be here, too."

"To the families of the fallen: Thank you so much for sharing your loved ones with us," Mayor Eric Johnson said during the ceremony. "Thank you for supporting their public service and their commitment to our city. We honor you today as well."

Former President George W. Bush sent a statement, which Johnson read during the ceremony:

"Greetings to those gathered in Dallas, Texas for the dedication of the Dallas Police Department memorial.

Three years ago, our city and our country were grief-stricken and heartbroken over the tragic deaths of five brave souls: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa​, the best among us.

These men courageously accepted a calling to protect citizens. In the face of danger, they went where duty called. Tragically, they left us far too soon.

Even though time makes the burden of grief a little easier to bear, we know their families, friends and their colleagues miss them as much as ever. We pray that God rests their souls and comforts those who mourn.

I appreciate Energy Transfer Partners and everyone who made this tribute a reality. This special place of remembrance will help those who visit to never forget the service and the sacrifice of these fine men.

Laura and I send our best wishes for a memorable and meaningful ceremony. May God bless you, and may God continue to bless America."

The sculpture was designed by an artist in Dallas and was paid for by private donations and through the city's Office of Cultural Affairs.