Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

Can we salute the courage and commitment of the five men who gave their lives in serving their community? I’m so thankful that we lowered the flags for five days, mourning the loss of five dedicated police officers. I’m thankful for the amount of support that we’ve seen poured out for them. I’m thankful for social media encouragement and words of affirmation sent their way . . . but I’m wondering how their families are doing.

And I want us to pause today and lift them up in prayer.

Brent Thompson (43 years old) was married only two weeks before the Dallas shooting. Of the five shot, Brent was the only one who was a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) police officer. He was a loving father, faithful friend, and courageous former marine. His widow, Emily Thompson, who also serves as a DART officer, shared at his memorial service, “Though I’m heartbroken and hurt, I’m going to put on my badge and my uniform and return to the street, along with all of my brothers and sisters in blue.” Let us join others in praying for Emily and Brent’s four daughters and twin sons, as well as family members who were impacted by this tragic loss.

Patrick Zamarripa (32 years old) served in the U.S. Navy in both Iraq and Bahrain. His heartbroken father requests prayer for the family. Patrick was an avid Texas Rangers fan and faithfully served our country as a soldier.

Michael Krol (40 years old) was described by his sister as “a gentle giant who loved his job.” Krol died serving the city of Dallas as he strived to protect the citizens and demonstrators that night.

Lorne Ahrens (48 years old) was a greatly respected veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Known to carry a grin and happy demeanor, Ahrens was, according to those who knew him well, an incredibly loving and devoted husband and father. He will be greatly missed by his family, let us pray for those who loved him.

Michael Smith (55 years old) was a former Army Ranger and had served with the Dallas Police force more than 25 years. Let’s pray for his wife, Heidi and daughters Victoria (14) and Caroline (9).

As we reflect on the lives of men who courageously served as protectors of their community, and gave the ultimate sacrifice, let’s remind ourselves that once the publicity has passed, the services have ended, and flags fly at full staff again—there are still friends and family members who are mourning the loss of these lives and feel the sting of that loss daily. Let us pause to pray for those family members whenever we think of the horrors of the Dallas shootings.

And let us remind ourselves of this: Our time here is brief—let us not waste it in living for ourselves.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever . . .

The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble. (Psalm 37:18, 39)

May the loss of these lives cause our nation to consider the brevity of life. May we use this as an opportunity to share with others the need for all men to turn from their sins to the refuge of the Savior, Jesus Christ, who will be our Stronghold in the time of trouble.

May the gospel move across this nation in a powerful way!