DALLAS – All over the Metroplex, law enforcement and first responders took time out Friday to honor one of their own, Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth, killed one week ago in an ambush attack.
The day of remembrance started before the sun came up with flags flown at half-staff and a group of Dallas cops gathering to take an emotional ride.
"We have 50 Dallas officers leaving from the Dallas Association,” said Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston. “We're heading to Houston to honor and pay our respects to Deputy Goforth. Officers are one edge. No longer is it that we have to worry about what we're doing on duty, answering a family violence call. Now we're being targeted just because we're police officers trying to serve the citizens."
Later in the morning, North Richland Hills PD handed out ribbons for its "Back the Blue" initiative to show their support and even received some in return.
"We know those are tragic circumstances, but just to feel the embrace of our community to be a part of that is actually something very special,” said Assistant Chief Rick Scott of the North Richland Hills Police Department.
Irving PD and the Flower Mound Fire Department used their lights to shine a message of support.
From moments of silence to balloon releases to burials, here's hoping this is the last time someone with a badge to target crime, becomes the target of crime.