FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – Police departments across the country, including here in North Carolina, honored fallen Texas Deputy Darren Goforth and other fallen officers with a moment of silence at noon Friday.
Police cars lined Hay Street in Fayetteville.
For one minute, radios stood silent and blue lights flashed.
At the same time, across the country in Houston, Texas, the funeral began for murdered Deputy Darren Goforth.
Authorities say Goforth was ambushed and killed execution style as he filled up his patrol car at a gas station Aug. 28.
“It’s been a bloody week for police officers across this country,” said Fayetteville Police Chief Harold Medlock.
Nationally, the law enforcement community is reeling.
Earlier this week an officer in Illinois was killed after calling in a report of suspicious people. And in Abilene, Texas police say an off-duty officer was found dead in his home.
Two people there have been arrested for murder.
“We have to stop the hatred the hatred has to go away in this country,” said Medlock
Fayetteville’s chief says officers go through extensive training, but working in law enforcement can be particularly nerve-wracking right now especially for officers’ families.
For a police chief who has lost friends of his own, moments like this bring back difficult memories.
“The hurt never goes away. Those officers live with me until the day I die and trying to keep their memory alive as I know they’ll do in Illinois and Texas. Across this country, the loss is profound,” he said.
Medlock added that the tribute was about showing respect to fallen officers and also about making a promise to the community. “It’s also our pledge to this community that we’re not going to stop. We’re not going away we’re going to continue to do our best every day and every night to protect our communities.”