As the clock struck noon, dozens of people bowed their heads taking a moment of silence for those who lost their lives and the injured. Although hundreds of miles separate Dallas, Texas and Jasper, Alabama, investigator Cory Franks says this tragedy hits close to home.
“Most of the guys have family members, we have our own families. It could have been us. It could have been anywhere.”
One citizen hung a black bow on the slain officers memorial just outside the courthouse. Lieutenant Justin Tidwell tells WVUA 23, law enforcement support efforts like this are common in the county.

“As long as we work together with those people, we are going to be able to stop crime and decrease crime for effectively than us we are out here battling each other.”

Walker County authorities want to stress that their main concern is now more than ever- to keep the people they serve safe.

“It’s not something you go into for fame or fortune. It’s something that you do because you love to help people, so we are going to continue to be here around the clock 24/7,” said Tidwell.

And Franks wants to assure anyone, they can come to officers with their problems.

” If you have something you want to say and get it off your chest, you can come talk to us. That’s what we are here for. We are here to protect and serve our community. That’s what we took an oath to do, so that’s what we’ll continue to do.”


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