Families mourn the loss of five police officers killed in Dallas ambush
Dallas media outlets have identified all five officers killed in the ambush at a protest in Dallas Thursday night.
According to the Dallas Morning News, Sgt. Michael Smith had received many outstanding performance awards and a "Cop's Cop" award from the Dallas Police Association.
He also participated in the Watermark Kids children's ministry program at Watermark Community Church in Dallas.
"We are heart broken today," children's pastor Wes Butler tweeted.
According to WFAA, Smith's brother-in-law said he recently talked about retirement but was concerned about his fellow officers and stayed on the force.
The Dallas Morning News and WFAA have identified Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens as one of the other officers who died.
According to the Dallas Morning News, he had served on the force for 14 years.
Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon says that one of the police officers killed in Dallas worked for his office.
Michael Krol worked in the Wayne County jail system from 2003 - 2007.
WDIV is reporting that Krol was from Redford Township, in Wayne County.
In a statement, Sheriff Napoleon says:
We are saddened by the loss of the dedicated officers in Dallasone of whom was a former member of this agencyand also the wounding of the other officers. Those officers made the ultimate sacrifice and died honoring their oaths to protect and serve. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and also the Dallas Police Department.
The father of Patrick Zamarripa confirmed early Friday that his son was one of the five police officers killed.
"Most of you already know this by now today in Dallas, my son is a police officer in Dallas he was working there the rally in downtown where my son was shot and killed by a sniper along with four other police officers maybe more at this moment I'm still at the hospital here in Parkland Hospital to see him be moved to the medical examiner's office," Rick Zamarripa wrote in a Facebook post.
Zamarripa, 32, was a Navy veteran who worked with the military police in Iraq prior to joining the Dallas Police Department.
According to the Washington Post, Zamarripa, who described himself as "addicted to the thrill of this job" on Twitter, was married with a 2-year-old daughter.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit has identified its officer who was killed when snipers opened fire during a downtown Dallas protest.
"The Dallas Area Rapid Transit family is grieving the loss of police officer Brent Thompson, 43, who was killed during Thursday night's protest in Downtown Dallas," the organization wrote on their website.
Thompson joined the Department in 2009, according to DART.
"Officer Thompson is the first officer killed in the line of duty since DART formed a police department in 1989," DART reported.
"As you can imagine, our hearts are broken."