DFW AIRPORT (CBSDFW.COM) – The United States Honor Flag returned to North Texas to honor fallen Waxahachie Police Officer Joshua Williams.
Officer Williams was killed in the early morning hours of July 28.
Two DFW Airport police officers received the U.S. Honor Flag, after it flew in the cockpit with an airline pilot.
“Whenever you have a line of duty death it affects most departments and the region,” DFW Airport police Lieutenant Bill Moak said. “Here at DFW we are grateful to be able to help transfer the flag.”
Officer Williams is survived by his wife of 25 years and three children.
When asked what he and other members of law enforcement were feeling for the family Lt. Moak said, “They need to know that they’re not forgotten, that they’re still part of our family even though they’ve lost a loved one. They are still in all of our heats and our prayers and that’s the reason they do this.”
The flag was then ceremonially marched outside and placed in an armored vehicle known as HonorOne. Texas State Troopers then delivered the flag to the right side of Officer Williams.
“This is a man of the community and one that served his people very, very graciously and selflessly gave his life,” U.S. Honor Flag President & CEO Chris Heisler said of Officer Williams. “So the flag represents everything that this man held a note to… to protect.”
The U.S. Honor Flag is based in Dallas/Fort Worth and has two other vaults in Miami, Florida and California.
Since 9/11 the honor flag has traveled to more than 1,000 funerals, events, memorials, tributes and public displays for those who died in the line of duty. A microchip embedded in the flag is used to verify its authenticity and track it across the country.
“The sacrifices of thousands of fallen men and women, all over the nation, have been honored with this one, single flag,” Heisler said.
Officer Williams is the 4th police officer killed in the line of duty this year in Texas. According to DPS troopers, Officer Williams was turning left when an SUV headed in the opposite direction, with its headlights off, struck him.
Visitations for Officer Williams are being held August 2, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Directors in Fort Worth and at Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services for Officer Williams are being held Friday, August 3 at the Waxahachie Civic Center.
Officer Williams served with the Waxahachie Police Department for 18 years.
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