One year ago today, during a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, a gunman opened fire and killed four Dallas police officers and one DART Transit officer. I was at home when a friend texted me asking me if I was downtown at the protest and then told me to check the news. I interned with the Dallas Police Department the summer after my freshman year in college and have kept in touch with those officers and I was terrified that I would recognize one or more of the names. Even though no one I knew was killed, it didn’t hurt any less as I mourned with the rest of Dallas. The days that followed made me incredibly proud of my hometown as the city banded together under the amazing leadership of Mayor Mike Rawlings and now-retired Chief David Brown.
To my beloved and sometimes much maligned hometown, I am incredibly proud to be a native Dallasite because of the love and support that poured out from every corner of the city.
Brent Thompson, Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, and Michael Smith, thank you for your service and incredible bravery. May your memories continue to be a blessing.