A Tribute: Fort Worth Officer Down 5K

A letter from an officer of the North Richland Hills PD.

Dear Hofer Family,

I did not know David, nor did I ever get the opportunity to meet him prior to his End of Watch. Regardless of having not met him, I have been saddened by his loss.

I am a police officer for the North Richland Hills PD, which is identical in size to Euless PD. Between North Richland Hills and Euless there are 2 cities all similar in size and demographics.

Although I wear a different badge than David and I may not be blood related to him, he will always be my brother.

I was lucky to attend the service held for David at the Pennington Stadium in Bedford. I learned so much about him from listening to his loved ones speak of him and listening to his fellow officers tell stories about him. I learned so much that I felt like I somewhat knew David. I somewhat knew how much of a difference he made in each community and how much of an influence he had on the lives he touched everyday. David is irreplaceable and the man he was is the person each of us should strive to be day in and day out.

To honor David, officers from Euless and other surrounding departments ran the Fort Worth Officer Down 5K with his name on our shirts. We ran for him.

Losing David has been a reminder to me as well as my fellow officers that we have to stick together through this. Losing someone will never be easy, but there is peace in knowing he is with you always.

I am sending this e-mail as a reminder to you that we have your back. You will never have to go through this alone. We may not be blood, but we are family.

I send you my love and the courage to keep going.

Sincerely,

Grace W., North Richland Hills PD #842

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