GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) --Local law enforcement agencies are banding together to get to Dallas for the police memorial service on Tuesday. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry is footing the bill himself to send dozens of deputies who want to show their support.
"I think it's a very important message to send the city of Dallas that Galveston County and the rest of the state is behind them and with them at this time," Henry said.
No tax dollars will be spent to pay for the bus. Henry secured 56 tickets for law enforcement officers to attend the memorial.
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Almost all of the county's 13 police departments will be represented, along with the College of the Mainland police department and several school district police departments. Approximately a dozen sheriff's deputies will be on board as well.
"First thing that went through my mind is they're no longer going to be able to go home," explained Deputy Michel Roy about when he heard about the shooting that killed 5 officers and injured 7 more. "These fallen officers, they're no longer going to be able to hug their kids, hug their wife, talk to family members or friends."
The bus is leaving at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and returning the same day. Starbucks is donating coffee and Juanderful Burrito is donating breakfast burritos.