NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A public memorial for a fallen officer with the Euless Police Department is scheduled. Family, friends, fellow law enforcement and firefighters are calling the event for Officer David Hofer a celebration of life.
“It’s just the right thing to do. We’re all family,” a Saginaw officer told CBS11 News.
Hurst police announced Thursday night they will shut down Precinct Line Road, from Bedford-Euless Road to Airport Drive from 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. Law enforcement will line up to lead the funeral procession to Pennington Field.
Firefighters will also show their support for Officer Hofer. Several dropped by the Euless police department carrying snacks and drinks for officers Thursday night; a small gesture during a time of mourning.
“I know this is a police officer line of duty death but it affects us as firefighters as well,” said Ron Butler, with the Bedford Fire Department.
It’s a loss that is felt from North Texas to New York where Hofer served prior to moving to Euless. Hofer’s former partner, Brian Rozanski came to North Texas to honor his friend.
“I’m just waiting for him to come around the bush with a case of beer and a goofy voice’ hey brother’ what are you doing here?,’ ” said Rozanski, NYPD 9th District.
The assistant to the Euless City Manager, Betsy Deck, said the event will be a beautiful memorial for one of Euless’ finest. She said, “Several honor guards will be in place to help create this wonderful tribute to our officer.”
Rozanski said Hofer loved his new community so much, he had convinced other New York City officers to follow him to Euless. Now those colleagues, and many others wearing an array of uniforms, will gather to mourn him.
In what the Euless PD Chief Mike Brown called an ambush, Officer Hofer was shot Tuesday afternoon while after being dispatched to J.A. Carr Park. When Officer Hofer arrived at the scene, where he was responding to a call about a suspicious person and possible shots fired, he was shot as he approached the suspect, now identified as 22-year-old Jorge Brian Gonzalez. Chief Brown later said that Gonzalez had multiple guns with him at the scene. Officers returned fire and shot and killed Gonzalez.
City officials are asking the public to honor the family and department’s privacy during a private funeral on Friday.
The public ‘celebration of life’ service is scheduled for Saturday, March 5 at Pennington Field located at 1501 Central Drive in Bedford. The memoriam begins at 1 p.m.
The Euless Police Benevolence Organization has set up a GoFundMe page and opened an account for donations in memory of Officer Hofer and in support of his family. The account is at –
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1014 N. Industrial Blvd. (at the corner of Industrial and Harwood)
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