DALLAS — Throughout the day we’ve been learning more and more about the heroic actions of DPD and DART cops last night.
“As a protest was running and the protest was against them they got all those people to safety and then ran towards the fire,” said Ron Pinkston, the president of the Dallas Police Association. “And their heroics need to be put out there.”
Five officers died while answering the call to serve and protect. Here is what we know about them so far:
- Brent Thompson. 43 years old.
“Brent was a great officer. He’s been with us for quite some time.” said Chief James Spiller of DART PD, “Recently married, two weeks ago to another officer in the department. That also makes it just that much harder.”
On his Facebook page, Thompson was obviously proud to be a cop, regularly posting police related memes. He is the first DART officer to be the killed in the line of duty.
- Patrick Zamarripa. 32 years old. An Iraq War veteran and father of two. Zamarripa was an avid sports fan, as evidenced by his Twitter account which is loaded with pictures of him proudly sporting Rangers and Cowboys gear.
- Michael Krol. 40 years old. A Michigan native who moved to Dallas in 2007 to join DPD.
- Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens. 48 years old. A 14 year veteran in Dallas.
- Michael Smith. 55 years old. A father of two. According to his family, he was an Army Ranger who joined the Dallas Police all the way back in 1989.
“They were heroes.” said Pinkston, “They were heroes, the five, all the way to the end.”