FORT WORTH, Texas – The family of Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers slain last week in Dallas by a gunman, was joined by hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the country as well as Navy personnel in his honor.
A traditional Catholic funeral service was held Saturday in Fort Worth for the 32-year-old Zamarripa, who served eight years on active duty in the Navy and then in the reserves before joining the police force.
Dallas police Chief David Brown told those gathered that Zamarripa's service to his community was deeply personal because he was willing to give his life to help others.
"I'm here to serve. We're here to serve. Service before all — and without love, it means nothing," he said, according to NBC 5. “We're hurting; we are grieving. This family is hurting, is grieving. We need to know you support us, and this family needs to know that you support them."
Zamarripa was one of the five officers killed during a march protesting recent fatal shootings of black men in Minnesota and Louisiana by police.
"It's just beautiful coming out here from San Francisco to Texas and seeing the outpouring of support and how many community members came here," said Officer Brandon Thompson, from San Francisco's police department, according to KHOU.com.
Accord the service, a line of 300-plus law enforcement vehicles spanned several miles as Zamarripa’s body was carried to DFW National Cemetery while hundreds of people lined I-20, many with American flags, as the procession moved down the interstate.
Funerals for the other officers were held earlier in the week. A rosary service was held for Zamarripa on Friday evening in Fort Worth as well.
Zamarripa, who would have turned 33 next month, was married with a 2-year-old daughter and 10-year-old stepson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.