DALLAS - In the wake of last week's shooting in Downtown Dallas police departments around the country have banded together to show support for the families who are now left without their loved ones; in particular, Pei Xia Chen and Maritza Ramos, widows of NYPD detectives who were killed in 2014, and Frank Siller and John Hodge, family members of a firefighter who died during 9/11.
On Friday they visited Dallas to lay a wreath at the makeshift memorial that sits in front of DPD headquarters. They also brought a check for nearly $500,000 to present to the families of the slain and wounded DPD and DART officers via the Tunnel to Towers Foundation.
In fact, the first two contributors to the fund for the Dallas families were Chen and Ramos. Ramos expressed her sorrow for the families affected, "I just want to give my condolences to the five families that have lost someone so dear to them, I know exactly what that feels like to lose someone that you love. Someone that went out to work to serve us and didn't return home."
For some, the ceremony re-sparked feelings from that fateful day. Beth Phillips, a visitor from Houston, was still in shock about last week incident, "What is going on in the world anymore and everything is upside down, nothing makes sense anymore…It could've been anywhere, it could be anyone. This hate has to stop."