EULESS, TX - The North Texas community opened its hearts and its arms one final time for the family of Ofc. David Hofer and the Euless PD Saturday afternoon with a memorial service at Bedford's Pennington Field.
"His name will be indelibly etched in the history of Euless, the police department, the city and its citizens."
Those were the words of Euless Police Department Chaplain Jim Pack following a week of loss and mourning.
"Police officers sacrifice so much for us, and a lot of people take them for granted," said North Richland Hills resident Josh Thomas.
"Not just Euless but all police departments need to know that we're here to support them," added North Richland Hills resident Charles Crain. "Just like they've got our back, we've got theirs."
It took an hour just for the procession of police cars from cities all across Texas to get into the Pennington Field parking lot for the service.
Ofc. Hofer was shot and killed Tuesday in the line of duty, but his memorial wasn't about how he died, but rather how he lived and how he served.
"I am proud of you. It is my absolute honor and privilege to be the one you chose to love," said Hofer's fiancee Marta Danylyk. "I love you times infinity plus one, as you would competitively say.'
"David came to Texas to start a family, own a home and rescue a dog," said his father, Helmut Hofer. "He kept repeating how he felt a sense of community there and how people treated each other with dignity and respect."
Then, as is tradition in this situation, one of the final parts of the ceremony was for Hofer to get a final radio sign off.
“Euless to all units.," the radio voice sounded over the loud speaker. "The Euless Police Department sadly announce the passing of Officer David Hofer, badge 554. Thank you for your service. God bless you, and may you rest in peace."