Law enforcement officers in our area and across the nation turned on their patrol vehicles’ flashing blue lights for one minute at 12 Noon Friday, and police radios also went silent for one minute. It was held at the same time funeral services were getting underway for slain Harris County, Texas Deputy Darren Goforth.
The initiative began with Texas Governor Greg Abbott asking patrol officers in his state to stop and turn on their blue lights as Goforth’s funeral began. It quickly spread into a nationwide movement by law enforcement officers in 50 states. “Respect and pride in our law enforcement must be restored in this state and nation,” said Governor Abbott. “It is time to unite in solidarity to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities.”
The Stand With Law Enforcement Initiative follows the recent deaths of law enforcement officers in Texas, Louisiana and Illinois. Some fire departments and EMS organizations also participated in the 60 second memorial.
The event was not only to show support for Goforth and his family but for the entire law enforcement community.
Many local 911 centers reported no citizens calling between 12:00 Noon and 12:01pm.
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