Local law enforcement officers show support for fallen 'brothers' in Dallas
DALLAS, Texas -- The San Antonio Police Department and Bexar County Sheriff's Office are well represented in Dallas this week for the funerals of the five officers shot and killed three last Thursday.
"We're here to support our brothers and sisters up here in Dallas. I know they'd do the same for us if we had a similar situation," San Antonio Police Chief William McManus says.
Sergeant Mike Smith was laid to rest today at The Watermark Church in Dallas, where he worked as a security officer. He was a 28-year veteran for the Dallas Police Department. Officers by the 1,000's from all over the country and Canada are here today to say goodbye to their fallen peer. Outside the church we met some of the more than 30 San Antonio police officers helping Dallas police when they need it most.
"It guys real close to home. Number one being in the state of Texas. Number 2 being that were so closely associated with the Dallas police department," McManus says.
McManus says he's been in communication with Dallas Police Chief David Brown ever since last Thursday's tragedy. Brown's message to McManus? Send help.
"We mustered up as many officers as we could spare without impacting San Antonio and here we are today," McManus says.
The Bexar County Sheriff's Office is represented in Dallas by their honor guard, a group of 14 men and woman who show support for fallen officers.
"We are a brotherhood and a sisterhood. When something like this happens, regardless of where it's at, it affects all of us as law enforcement officers around the world, nation and locally," says BCSO Sgt. Teresa Christensen.
McManus plans to meet with Chief Brown today in person to offer his condolences.
Smith is survived by his wife and two daughters. He was 56-years-old.