ALPINE, Texas – The Big Bend Area Law Enforcement Officers Association (BBALEOA) will dedicate a permanent memorial to the 154 officers and agents who have died in the line of duty in West Texas, and those from the area. The event will commence at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 30, at the campus of Sul Ross State University.

Each year, officers who have fallen in the line of duty are honored. This year, El Paso Police Department Officer David Ortiz, El Paso Police Department Officer Adrian Arellano, Border Patrol Agent Jose Daniel Barraza and Border Patrol Agent David Gomez will be paid tribute and added to the memorial. To learn more about these and other fallen officers, you can visit the “Officer Down” Memorial Page at www.odmp.org.

The ceremony will include a reading of all the names on the memorial by their agency representatives.

There will be a presentation of colors, a three-volley salute, the playing of taps and a flag-folding ceremony. This year’s color and honor guards are made up of officers from several area law enforcement agencies. The Midland County Sheriff’s Office Mounted Patrol will feature the traditional rider-less horse.

This year’s Master of Ceremonies will be Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter. The Keynote Speaker for the event is U.S. Congressman William B. Hurd.

The public are encouraged to attend the ceremony to honor the fallen and support this year’s memorial ceremony for local law enforcement personnel.

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