One year anniversary of Dallas police fatal shootings
Texas Governor speaks at fallen San Antonio officer’s funeral
July 7 is a historical deadly day for law enforcement officers in the United States. Beginning with the assault death of Brooklyn Patrolman John J. Donohue on Sunday, July 7, 1872 and the Friday July 7, 1876 shooting death of Deputy Sheriff B.B. Sullivan of Caldwell County Texas, there have been 68 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty on that day. Coincidently, as of July 7, 2017, 68 law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty across the United States so far this year.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott had planned to go to Dallas on the one-year anniversary of the shooting deaths of five law enforcement officers this July 7th. Instead, he spoke at the funeral of San Antonio Police Officer Miguel Moreno who was fatally shot in the line of duty on June 30, 2017. So that officers who worked the same shift with Moreno could attend his service, Dallas sent 20 police officers to help patrol the city to take their place.
“We pray that we are worthy of his sacrifice.” –Texas Governor Greg Abbott
“Today we celebrate Officer Moreno’s life, we honor his commitment to service and we pray that we are worthy of his sacrifice,” Gov. Abbott told the mourners in the full Community Bible Church in San Antonio. Officer Julio Cavazos, who was shot by the same man during the attack, was released from the hospital in time to attend his partner’s funeral.
“I was going to have a signing ceremony of a new law, a new law that makes today, July 7, Fallen Law Enforcement Day in Texas,” Abbott said. “On a day that will forever commemorate fallen officers in Texas, we find ourselves at yet another service of a law enforcement officer lost in the line of duty.”
From around the state, hundreds of law enforcement officers met at 8 a.m. in the Alamodome parking lot downtown to begin a heartening procession of unity leading to the church. Funeral services began at 2 a.m.
Five Dallas law enforcement officers were killed in an ambush shooting on July 7, 2016. The killer also inured nine other law enforcement officers and two civilians during his shooting spree.
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Officer Moreno is the fifth Texas law enforcement officer to die in the line of duty in 2017. Others were Corrections Officer Shana Tedder (Heart attack, June 9), Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales (Stabbed, May 24), Harris County Assistant Chief Deputy Clinton Greenwood (Gunfire, April 3) and Little Elm Police Detective Jerry Ronald Walker (Gunfire, Jan. 17).
On November 20, 2016 San Antonio Police Detective Benjamin Edward Marconi was shot and killed from ambush as he conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle.