A memorial prayer service for an undercover officer who died on Friday drew dozens of people from around Fort Worth on Saturday.
It was an show of caring for a department that is hurting.
“For those of you going on shift tonight, I know it seems tough,” said Officer Buddy Calzada “But just like the vehicle behind me says, dedicated to protect. That’s what Officer Hull did. We expect that out of you guys tonight.”
Officers hugged each other and thanked those in attendance, knowing that a hard week approaches as arrangements are made to lay to rest a man the city has claimed as a hero, Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull said.
“He was a good officer,” said Fort Worth Police Chaplain, Dean Nichols. “He was an officer who is to be emulated and followed. Lord, he’s the kind of officer that every department would want. He was a good man.”
The community is also in pain and asked for comfort for all from a higher power, Nichols said in prayer.
Hull was shot in the head on Friday as he chased robbery suspects, who were suspected of committing a robbery just minutes before the pursuit began. One of those suspects was killed by Hull’s fellow officers while Hull was placed in a patrol car and taken to JPS.
Hull, an undercover officer with the intelligence unit, died at 9:40 p.m., according to the police department.
Two suspects were apprehended by police. The suspected gunman, Dacion Steptoe, was killed at the scene, Fitzgerald said Friday.
Samuel Mayfield, 23, and Timothy Huff, 33, were charged Saturday with capital murder.
“He did his job with dignity,” said Officer Jim Pollozani, president of the Fort Worth chapter of Brotherhood for the Fallen, an organization designed to support the families of officers who have died. “He did his job as a hero trying to actually make Fort Worth a safer place for individuals to freely conduct business and he did that exactly on the day he was shot.”
Police officers routinely put their lives on the line, Pollozani said.
“Anytime an officer puts on a badge and gun and goes out and does his job in whatever capacity that is in that respective department, that’s a dangerous job,” he said. “Anybody who has to go out there and put a gun on to ensure the safety of a community they protect and serve, it’s dangerous.”