Cypress, Texas( September 15,2015)
On Sept. 4, 2015 the Cypress-Fairbanks ISD police department paid a special tribute to slain Harris County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Darren Goforth and other fallen officers with a moment of silence and processional.
Following their morning roll call, the officers lined up their vehicles by the CFISD exhibit center and activated their overhead emergency lights in a unified response to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for a statewide “Stand with Law Enforcement” tribute. Although Gov. Abbott asked for officers to conduct the tribute at 11 a.m., the CFPD performed the morning ritual before officers dispersed to various parts of the district.
The officers gathered for a moment of silence for Deputy Goforth and other officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty before embarking in a convoy to the Chevron station at Telge and West roads, where Deputy Goforth was shot and killed on Aug. 28.
“Unfortunately, this is about the fifth or sixth time I’ve done this throughout my career,” said CFPD Sgt. Shane Wallace. “It is an awesome sight to see, all the cars lined up like this. The district [Deputy Goforth] worked in was pretty much where all of Cy-Fair is. It’s in our backyard, so it could’ve been any one of us.”
Sgt. Wallace said that he and 22 fellow CFPD officers were working the football game at the Berry Center when they received a dispatch that an officer had been shot.
“One of our guys working patrol that night made it to the scene while he was still there,” he said. “I had actually gone by that store a few hours before the game, and what bothers me the most is, how do I know [the shooter] wasn’t building up the courage to do it when I was in there?”
When the CFPD officers arrived at the Chevron station on the morning of Sept. 4, they placed a piece of tribute artwork by the memorial for Deputy Goforth at the gas pump where he was killed. The poster was a collaborative effort by Aragon Middle School students in Abbey Gagnon’s seventh-grade advisory class. The five students who worked on the drawing are Rebecca Lung, Kendall Zawadzi, Casey Lewis, Phillip Dawkar and Ramses Mendoza.
Approximately 20 CFPD officers surrounded the memorial while CFPD honor guard officers Josh Lawrence and Tommy Collums saluted in Deputy Goforth’s honor.
The honor guard representatives later accompanied CFISD Chief of Police Alan Bragg and Assistant Chief of Police Mike Baker to Deputy Goforth’s funeral at Second Baptist Church.
Thousands of students and staff in CFISD showed their support for Deputy Goforth and all local law enforcement by wearing blue or black on Sept. 4 and including #BlueHouston in social media posts in a display of solidarity for men and women in uniform.
The unified effort from the CFISD community was felt by the CFPD officers.
“We have always known the Cy-Fair community has backed us,” said Lt. Jimmy Banks. “But it is still tremendous to see it and hear it in a tough time like this. The show of support from CFISD is overwhelming.”
Information on behalf of Cy-Fair ISD