A Life of Service: DPD Officer Patrick Zamarripa Laid to Rest

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FORT WORTH -- At just 32 years old, it wasn't supposed to end this way for Patrick Zamarripa.

Coming up through Fort Worth's Paschal High School, Zamarripa dedicated his life to keeping bad from happening.

"He naturally played the role of peacekeeper in his family and wherever he was found," said Bishop Michael Fors Olson of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.

He was playing that role Thursday, June 7, in downtown Dallas, keeping the streets safe during a march to protest police brutality. That's when his life, and the lives of four other Dallas officers, were taken at the hands of a lone gunman.

Even though he was still just an officer in the Dallas Police Department, his chief saw all the makings of a born leader.

"The Lord's instructions on great leadership was to serve others," said DPD Chief David Brown. "All of his adult life, Patricio served."

He did so first in the Navy, enlisting out of high school and serving three tours of duty in Iraq. Then, after coming home, he joined the police force.

"For him, to be a Police officer, as for so many others, was to answer a call from God to be a peacekeeper," Bishop Olson said.

The close family and thousands of officers in attendance at his Saturday funeral knew him as a loving father, a die hard fan of the Texas Rangers, and someone who always saw the bigger picture. That bigger picture was something Chief Brown couldn't help but point out.

"Our service to our community is our sacrifice as law enforcement officers. This is our sacrifice to you," Chief Brown said. "The question is to the community: What will your service be to your community."

That's a question Patrick Zamarripa answered by making the ultimate sacrifice for his community.

"God bless Patricio Zamarripa," Chief Brown said. "God speed, and we'll see you again."

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