Dallas Police unveil memorial honoring officers killed on July 7, 2016
A small ceremony held on Monday, July 8, 2019 unveiled a memorial honoring five police officers killed in the line of duty in Dallas on July 7, 2016. Dallas Police Officers Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrnes, Michael Krol, Sergeant Michael Smith, Patrick Zamarripa, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Brent Thompson were memorialized in a bronze and limestone sculpture installed outside Jack Evans Police Headquarters.
“I can think of no truer definition of a hero,” said Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall. “Although we cannot match their sacrifice, it is our responsibility to match their sense of service and devotion to duty.”
Remarks were also given by DART Police Chief James Spiller, Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Energy Transfer Kelcy Warren, and the artist, Barvo.
“Three years ago our City and our country were grief-stricken over the loss of five brave souls,” said George W. Bush in a letter read by Mayor Eric Johnson. “Even though time makes the burden of grief a little easier to bare, we know their families, colleagues and friends miss them as much as ever, and we pray that God comforts their souls as we mourn.”
After five police officers were killed in Dallas on July 7, 2016, in the deadliest attack on law enforcement since September 11, 2001, Dallas artist Barvo sought a way to remember these men and their sacrifice. Through generous donations from Kelcy and Amy Warren, Energy Transfer, the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs and other donors, the project was brought forth and approved unanimously by the Dallas City Council in June 2017. The sculpture is a permanent addition to the plaza outside Jack Evans Police Headquarters, at 1400 S. Lamar St.