Law enforcement honors fallen officers

Law enforcement honors fallen officers

Amarillo, TX -  Flashing red and blue lights lined the streets of Amarillo along with other surrounding communities as law enforcement officials paid respect to fallen officers killed in senseless acts.

It was a moment of silence worth a thousand words.

Law enforcement officials across the panhandle gathered their patrol units and turned on their flashing lights for one minute.

And in this moment, we are taken back to fateful days, where officers lost their lives because of their jobs.

Harris County Sheriff Deputy, Darren Goforth, was shot execution style in the back while pumping gas. Abilene police officer, Don Allen, was found dead in his home, a mysterious homicide still being investigated. And Fox Lake police lieutenant, Charles Gliniewicz was slain while perusing three suspects on foot.

These incidents have created a sense of unrest  among not only citizens, but also officers family members.

"My husband has been a police officer for 20 years and I do worry about him more today than I did in the beginning," Brissy Williams, an officer's wife, said. "Officers are being ambushed, assaulted and murdered simply for the uniform that they wear and that should not be acceptable."

As far as police officers are concerned, they're not letting these incidents scare them away from protecting communities they love.

"We come to work every day in order to come out here and provide safety for everybody else," Jon Heath, a patrolman for APD, said. "It hasn't deterred us in any way from coming to work."

In spite of these tragic events, officers remain resolute in their commitment to serve their community.

"Everybody knows there has to be police," Sgt. Wes Hill of APD, said. "Some sort of order. Without police to enforce certain laws, even all the way down to the parking violations, you have to have police to enforce those laws or there would be complete anarchy. There would be lawlessness. And the country would just implode if there wasn't any police officers on the street."

We also spoke with a local group who has been very vocal about the way police officers treat minorities in town. Amarillo Citizens for Open Government wants citizens to know they are not an anti-police group, and are standing with fallen officers as well.

"In lieu of the fact that offices lost their lives all over the country, especially a recent in Harris County, we are definitely for peace and harmony and corporation and unity," B.F. Roberts, co-chairman for ACOG, said. "We don't want to come off as though we are encouraging this types of acts."