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SAN ANGELO – Words such as “courage, service, sacrifice” were used in Chief Frank Carter’s brief remarks this morning as National Police Week officially got underway locally and across the nation.

Chief Carter, San Angelo Police Department officers, Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office and a community gathered at this morning’s flag ceremonies to honor and, “remember the fallen 22 men and women of law enforcement, who dedicated their lives to serving and protecting our great state of Texas,” said Carter.

“And most importantly, their commitment to their community shall never be forgotten.” “They lived to make a difference in this world and they died as they lived--defending the weak, safeguarding peace and preserving justice,” Chief Carter said. 

Left-to-right: Assistant Chief, Tracy Fincher, Assistant Chief, David Howard, Assistant Chief, Robert Martinez, Chief Frank Carter, Sgt. Rick Tinsley, Chaplain, Scott Cotton and Chaplain, Ralph Dawkins.

After Carter spoke, Sergeant, Rick Tinsley, came forward and read the names of 22 fallen officers, some of which included:

• Sergeant, Michael J. Smith from the Dallas Police Department. EOW: Thursday, July 7, 2016, cause of death: gunfire.

• Detective Benjamin E. Marconi, San Antonio Police Department. EOW: Sunday, November 20, 2016, cause of death: gunfire.

• Senior Police Officer, Amir Abdul-Khaliq from the Austin Police Department. EOW: Sunday, September, 4, 2016, cause of death: automobile crash.

The flag ceremonies were held at 10 a.m. at SAPD’s police headquarters, 401 E. Beauregard.

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