Dallas is approaching the solemn five-year anniversary of the ambush shooting deaths of five officers. For Valerie Zamarripa, mother of Officer Patrick Zamarripa, honoring her son means showing his fellow officers that she sees them as part of her extended family.
“All our family wants to pay it forward to show how grateful we are for what they do for us,” the mother said for WFAA.
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Officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, was one of the five police officers shot and killed in Dallas on July 7, 2016. The gunman who killed the officers used street protests as a cover for his ambush attack.
Dallas Police Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, 48, DPD Officer Michael Krol, 40, DPD Sgt. Michael Smith, 55, and DART Officer Brent Thompson, 43, were the other officers who died in the attack.
On Friday, at 7 a.m., Valerie Zamarripa and her family brought breakfast tacos and other treats for all officers on the morning shift at the southwest division where her son, Ahrens, and Krol used to work.
Midday and evening shifts were not forgotten either. The mother and several volunteers from the Assist the Officer Foundation grilled plenty of hotdogs and hamburgers. Zamarripa and all her family stayed there until this evening to make sure everyone had their meal.
“I never imagined being in this journey. I didn't ask to be in this club. But it's given me a new reason to keep going,” she said for the news outlet.
A chaplain also came to bless the afternoon meal. The mother shared that it’s days like these, when she can be closer to her son by honoring his co-workers that help her cry less and find a way to go on.
“Because I know he's with us and I know he's proud. And I think he would be happy with what we're doing and what I'm doing to keep his name alive and going. It’s not just to mourn them, but to celebrate Patrick and his brothers,” she added, wiping away tears.