by Aparna Zalani|CBS11

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Friends and families said goodbye Wednesday to three police officers killed last Thursday.

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DART police officer Brent Thompson and two Dallas police officers, Sergeant Michael Smith and Senior Corporal Lorne Ahrens.

Emotional goodbyes marked the day as family, friends and complete strangers gathered in three churches in Dallas and Plano. Fighting tears, One of Officer Thompson’s daughters eulogized her dad.

“One thing I would always say to my dad was goodbye daddy, be safe and today we say our final goodbye daddy, we love you. Be safe.”

Thompson was a war veteran who recently married fellow DART officer Emily Thompson – just two weeks before he died.

She told everyone gathered, “Though I’m heartbroken I’m going to put on my badge and uniform and return to the streets just like my brothers and sisters in blue.”

Senior Corporal Lorne Aherns of Plano often referred by his friends as a gentle giant was also a devoted family man.

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And, Michael Smith was a 27-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. His sister spoke at the service this morning at the Mary Immaculate Church in Dallas. “I know Michael is in the arms of God now,” she said fighting tears. “I have no doubt… I know he’s watching over us guarding us,” she said.

Police officers from Texas and around the country came to pay their respects.

Retired NYPD officer Kevin Matthew traveled from New York and said, “I am retired 14 years from Nassau co after 33-year career. I’ve had my fair share of funerals to attend. New York and all over. This is moving.”

While ceremonies were held in different towns around the Metroplex, many paid their respects from overpasses and side roads.

Funerals and visitations for the other two officers are being held later in the week.

DPD officer Michael Krol will be remembered at a visitation Thursday afternoon. It’s at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. His funeral is Friday at 11:00 a.m.

There is a public rosary and mass on Friday for DPD officer Patrick Zamarripa. His funeral is on Saturday. Both take place at Fort Worth ISD’s Wilkerson Greines Activity Center.

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