The Midland Police Department will observe National Police Memorial Week starting Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21.
MPD will begin the week with its 12th annual bicycle memorial ride to honor fallen officers in Texas. The ride is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 15 and will depart from the south parking lot of the Midland Police and Communication Center at 601 N. Loraine St. The distance of this year's ride will be 18 miles to honor the 15 Texas law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016. The last three miles will be in honor of Officer John Perry Wyrick (1935), Officer Bryan Scoggins (1961), and Lieutenant Gordon Smith Jr. (1961), the three MPD officers who have been killed while protecting our city.
The annual memorial service for fallen officers in Texas is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 18 at Stonegate Church located at 6000 W. Wadley Ave. The names of each officer who made the ultimate sacrifice will be read aloud and a rose will be placed in their memory. Both the memorial ride and the memorial service are public events and the community is encouraged to attend.
Texas’ fallen officers to be remembered:
Officer Richard Martin, Houston Police Department
Sergeant Christopher Kelley, Hutto Police Department
Sergeant Korby Kennedy, San Angelo Police Department
Officer Timothy Davison, Texas Department of Criminal Justice
K-9 Jola, Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office
Officer Tronoski Jones, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Darren Goforth, Harris County Sheriff’s Office
Deputy Jeffrey Radford, Bell County Constable’s Office
Sergeant William Keesee, Texas Department of Public Safety
Chief Darrell Allen, Marlin Police Department
K-9 Ogar, Smith County Constable’s Office
Officer David Hofer, Euless Police Department
Patrolman David Ortiz, El Paso Police Department
Trooper Jeffrey Nichols, Texas Department of Public Safety
Agent Jose Barraza, U.S. Border Patrol###
Media Contact: Police Communications Specialist Rachel Walker