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American Airlines, Southwest Airlines assist with travel for slain Euless police officer’s services

Officers stand near the memorial to Officer David Hofer that has formed outside Euless Police Department Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016.
Officers stand near the memorial to Officer David Hofer that has formed outside Euless Police Department Thursday, Mar. 3, 2016.

American Airlines and Southwest Airlines have stepped up to help the Euless Police Department with travel related to the funeral services for slain officer David Hofer.

While on duty, Hofer was fatally shot during a gunfight Tuesday afternoon at a neighborhood park. Since Hofer was from New York and had previously served with the New York Police Department, several family members and officers are traveling to Texas for the public funeral service which will be held at Pennington Field in Bedford at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

American confirmed that it was working with the police department on travel arrangements.

“Our condolences to Officer Hofer’s family and the Euless and NYC police departments,” said American spokesman Casey Norton. “We are honored to fly more than 20 fellow officers to memorial services in NYC.

Norton added that the Fort Worth-based carrier’s honor guard, consisting of employees who are military veterans, will also be assisting in the services in both cities.

The Dallas-based carrier, Southwest Airlines, is also providing transportation for those attending Hofer’s funeral services.

“Our heart beats strong in these tough situations and we’re working with the Euless Police Department on their requests for travel,” said Southwest spokesman Brad Hawkins.

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