DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Sunday marks three years since the deadly attack on four Dallas police officers and a DART Transit officer in downtown, and for the next three days Dallas will honor their lives in the most personal way it knows how — art.
The officers that died July 7, 2016 were at work protecting a crowd peacefully protesting police brutality. That is until a sniper shot 12 officers, killing five and leaving the city in a state of shock.READ MORE: American Airlines Blames Weather, Staffing Shortages For Cancellations & Delays; Transport Workers Union Cites Other Issues
And San Antonio-based artist Tommy Capell believes the five fallen officers’ legacies must be kept alive, long and beyond their time on earth.
Capell has created five chairs — honorary chairs — carefully hand-crafted and engraved for police officers Lorne Ahrens, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Michael Smith and DART officer Brent Thompson.READ MORE: Once-Vibrant Former Valley View Mall Finally On The Road To Redevelopment... Maybe
“When an officer’s killed in the line of duty there’s going to be a void at that chair,” Capell said. “It’s emotional… Sometimes I get real emotional. A while back, I lost it there during the deal, everything was OK today, but it was emotional.”
His nonprofit, “Saving A Hero’s Place,” hand-crafts more than 100 chairs each year. And for Tommy, every seat has a unique story of a life and a sacrifice.
“When the new officers come in, they’re going to ask, ‘Who was this? What happened?” he said. “It continues on their legacy with the department.”MORE NEWS: Dallas' Turtle Creek Chorale Performing Free Christmas Holiday Concert This Sunday
The Dallas Police Department will also unveil a memorial sculpture designed by Dallas sculptor Barvo Walker at a later date.