As the U.S. flag was raised and "Taps" played in the distance, The University of Texas-Pan American Police Department joined the McAllen Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety in honoring fallen officers at a memorial ceremony Tuesday in McAllen as part of Peace Officers Memorial Week, May 13-19.
UTPA Assistant Police Chief Jay Carey, Sgt. James Loya and Officer Robert Peterson attended the ceremony, which included a performance by the McAllen Police Department choir and the presentation of wreaths to families of slain McAllen police officers.
Carey said this event is a good reminder for the public to be grateful for the service peace officers provide and for those officers to be aware of the dangers involved in their work.
"An event like this is a reminder of what can happen to us at any time," Carey said. "At the same time, it strengthens us and gives us resolve to do our best, be careful out there and be ever watchful."
The Rev. Samuel Hunnicutt of McAllen gave the invocation. McAllen Mayor Leo Montalvo and interim McAllen Police Chief Rolando Torres were featured speakers.