DPS remembers fallen officers at memorial service

Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Peace Officer Memorial Service. (Julie Karam/KXAN News)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial week continues with the Department of Public Safety honoring their fallen officers. On Tuesday morning, Gov. Greg Abbott along with dozens of attendees paid tribute to troopers killed in the line of duty at the Texas Department of Public Safety headquarters.

From recent water rescues across the state to their response to the Garland attack, Gov. Abbott says troopers leave a lasting legacy

“No matter when and no matter where, you willingly place yourself between people you serve and dangers that exist in our communities, border and state,” says Gov. Abbott at the ceremony.

Since 1823, 216 officers serving in the Texas Rangers and DPS have died in the line of duty. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, four police offers have died while on duty in Texas this year, and in 2014, there were 11 line-of-duty deaths statewide.

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