East Texans plan to honor slain Harris Co. deputy on Friday

East Texans plan to honor slain Harris Co. deputy on Friday

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Numerous cities and counties across East Texas will take part in events designed to honor Harris County Sheriff's deputy Darren Goforth, who was killed in the line of duty on August 28.

Along those lines, the public is invited to attend the City of Lufkin's "Stand With Law Enforcement" event, which will be held Friday at 10:55 a.m. in Louis Bronaugh Park.

According to a press release, Lufkin City Manager Keith Wright said he hopes to bring the community together in light of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide call for all Texas law enforcement officers to turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 11 a.m. Friday, the time that Goforth's funeral is set to begin Friday.

"Respect and pride in our law enforcement must be restored in this state and nation," Abbott said in the statewide call. "It is time to unite in solidarity to support the men and women who serve and protect our communities. I ask that communities across Texas support this cause for unity and remember the essential role that law enforcement plays in keeping Texas safe and strong."

All local law enforcement agencies have been invited to attend the Lufkin event. During the event, Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown will read a proclamation in honor of local law enforcement, and members of the Lufkin Police Department's Clergy and Police Alliance will lead the event in prayer.

In addition, support ribbons made by Lufkin Police Wives group will be available as long as they last, the press release stated.

Several members of the Lufkin Police Department's Honor Guard and members of other Angelina County law enforcement agencies will be attending Goforth's funeral in Houston.

According to the press release, Goforth's death marked the 10th line-of-duty death in Texas this year. At the national level, there have been 81 line-of-duty deaths in 2015, and 22 of those involved gunfire.

Louis Bronaugh Park is located behind City Hall at the intersection of Third Street and Burke Avenue.

Lt. Mark Jones with the Polk County Sheriff's Office said that his county will be hosting its own event in honor of Goforth at 10:30 a.m. at the Angelina College campus in Livingston, which is located on the US Highway 59 Loop.

Jones said representatives from all of Polk County's law enforcement agencies, including the Livingston Police Department, the Corrigan Police Department, the Onalaska Police Department, and the Texas Department of Public Safety. He said they will do the red and blue light memorial at 11 a.m.

In Trinity County, a "Stand With Law Enforcement" event will be held at the county courthouse in Groveton at 10:45 a.m.

Chief David "Buddy" Cross with the Crockett Police Department said that representatives from many of law enforcement agencies in his county will be mustering at the Houston County Sheriff's Office at 10:45 a.m. Friday.

"We are driving to the courthouse and parking on the square and turning on our lights at 11 a.m. for one minute," Cross said. "Anyone wanting to come in and participate is encouraged to do so. Come support us in remembering Deputy Goforth and show your support for all law enforcement."

In Longview, Gregg County law enforcement agencies will meet on the front lawn of the Longview Police Department at 11 a.m. to stand in solidarity. The police department is located on West Cotton Street.

The public is also invited to show their support in Smith County by gathering on the downtown Tyler square at 11 a.m.

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