TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Peace Officer Memorial Service is being held today to memorialize fallen officers in the community and the state of Texas.
The event is scheduled for noon on the downtown square in Tyler.
All Peace Officers and citizens are encouraged to attend this service to pay tribute to fellow Texas Peace Officers who made the supreme sacrifice while performing their duties from May 15, 2017, to May 15, 2018.
The following Fallen Officers will be recognized at the service:
Border Patrol Agent Isaac Morales, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Corrections Officer Shana Tedder, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Officer Miguel Moreno, San Antonio Police Department
Deputy Jason Fann, Yoakum, County Sheriff's Office
Detective Elise Ybarra, Abilene Police Department
Corporal Monty Platt, West Texas A&M University Police Department
Sergeant Steve Perez, Houston Police Department
Deputy Constable Mark Diebold, Tarrant County Constable's Office
Officer Elias Martinez, Jr., Metropolitan Transit Authority Police Dept.
Officer Floyd East, Jr. Texas Tech University Police Department
Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, Texas Department of Public Safety
Border Patrol Agent Rogelio Martinez, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Trooper Damon Allen, Texas Department of Public Safety
Officer Kenneth Dopeland, San Marcos Police Department
Officer David Sherrard, Richardson Police Department
Officer Rogelio Santander, Jr. Dallas Police Department
Officer Charles Whites Round Rock Police Department
K9 Officer Rony, Houston Police Department
Governor Abbott has declared May 15 to be Peace Officer's Memorial Day and May 13-19 respectively to be Peace Officers Memorial Week.
"I encourage everyone to join me in honoring the memories of our fellow Texans who have laid down their lives for the benefit of others. All of Texas joins me in thanking the members of law enforcement and their families for their service and sacrifice in keeping Texas safe. As we pay tribute, let us also recognize those who still serve. We owe these courageous men and women an inestimable debt of gratitude for their outstanding service to our state," said Abbott.
Abbott also says Texas has taken a stand through the Police Protection Act to offer more support to those who serve and protect.
"Every drop of blood spilled from our heroes in blue is a wound inflicted upon the whole country," said President Trump during his speech this morning at the 37th National Peace Officers' Memorial Service in Washington.
President Trump said during his campaign that one of the first things he would do if elected president would be to sign an executive order to mandate the death penalty for convicted killers of police officers. Trump added during his speech today that he has directed the justice department "to do everything in its power to defend the lives of American law enforcement."