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Texoma Officers Tribute

Although it was not a Sunday, the parking lot of First Baptist Church was packed, and a service was held.

First there were sirens, then, there was silence followed by handshakes and hugs.

"It's a good feeling to know that there are people that do care and look out for you and understand the hardships that people in law enforcement face," Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said. 

Law enforcement all across Texoma, from Burkburnett to Wichita Falls to Seymour, stood in silence and support for their fallen brother, Deputy Darren Goforth, who was gunned down in Houston last Friday. 

However, not everyone present wore a badge. Members of the public showed their support in different ways. Mike Johnson of the Patriot Guard Riders surrounded the ceremony with flags. 

"We stand for those who stood for us," Johnson explained. "And these people go out there every day and stand for us. We appreciate what we do and they put their lives on the line."

Sheriff Duke appreciates the support of the community. The attack on a fellow deputy deeply disturbed him. "I know all the people in the sheriffs office in Harris County, and so it breaks your heart, Duke said. "But it means quite a bit to see all the support the public has for all law enforcement here today."

Even a policeman in training walked with those who serve. The love led to laughter, and perhaps, will lead to a brighter future. 

Chief Manuel Borrego said it best.

"This isn't a time for us to circle, this is a time for us to go out there and show our communities what it means to be a police officer," Borrego said.

Mike Johnson was one of the first people at First Baptist Church this morning. Johnson put the American flags in his car, and drove off, the last person to leave. 

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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