Dallas Police Prepare For Third Anniversary Of Downtown Shooting

Alan Scaia
July 05, 2019 - 12:10 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - A brewery in Dallas will host a fundraiser Saturday for police who travel to the memorials of officers killed in the line of duty across the country.

The Brotherhood for the Fallen will host the fundraiser as part of the third anniversary of the shooting in Downtown Dallas that left four Dallas police officers and one DART officer dead.

July 7, 2016, 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.

"You're out there to do a job, and if you happen to fall in the line of duty, it has an impact on all of us," says Dallas Police Officer Roy Moreno, the president of the Dallas chapter of Brotherhood of the Fallen.

Brotherhood of the Fallen raises money for fallen officers' families and for other departments to attend fallen officers' funerals. The organization was started in Chicago in 2010. Chapters have also been established in New York City and Suffolk County, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Aurora, Colorado; and Fort Worth. Dallas joined the organization after the shooting.

Moreno says the presence of police officers from across the country helped Dallas officers cope after the shooting. The attack was the deadliest day for law enforcement since the September 11 attacks.

"A lot of us don't know how to deal with the loss of a fellow officer. What helped me and helped a lot of the other officers was seeing a sea of blue uniforms," he says. "Whether it be NYPD, Chicago PD, Boston PD, seeing those uniforms at our funerals along with our local agencies like Fort Worth and Euless showing up in massive numbers, that's what helped me deal with the loss of our five."

The Next Generation Action Network had organized the protest in Downtown Dallas. The group was upset about officer-involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.

"The Dallas Five were out there doing their job just like they did every day. They were out there protecting those very protesters who were protesting against us," Moreno says. "They weren't big fans of us, but we were there doing our job. Our job was to serve and protect."

The Brotherhood of the Fallen will hold a fundraiser starting at 7 p.m. Saturday at Four Corners Brewing at 1311 S. Ervay, Dallas, TX 75207. A ceremony will start at 8:30. The event will include live music and a speech by Clint Bruce, a Navy SEAL who founded "Carry the Load."

ONLINE: Dallas Five 3rd Anniversary Remembrance