Residents of Jack County showed up in numbers on Friday, September 4th, to honor and support the local Law Enforcement and First Responders. What started as a simple show of respect for the fallen officer Darren Goforth grew to a prayer service and receiving line allowing the community the opportunity to let our local “heroes” know how much they are appreciated.
Patrol cars from DPS, Jacksboro Police Department, Jack County Sheriff, and trucks from the Jacksboro Fire Department were lined up to participate in a state wide moment of silence, in which lights were flashing for one minute to honor Goforth, who was gunned down while pumping gas August 28th, near Houston. This senseless act has stirred much anger and sadness in many across the state and nation, moving many to let officers know that they are grateful for the service they do. A worker at the courthouse discovered that once the ceremony was over, nothing else was planned. The worker felt that it was important to let the local officers know that our community stands behind them. He had all of 45 minutes to get the word out!
After making a few calls, sending some texts and posting on social media, people came from all over the downtown area and gathered on the courthouse steps during the moment of silence. Immediately following, Pastor B.J. Nunley lead the group in a touching prayer, asking for safety and strength for the members of our law enforcement. Nunley, who had to rearrange his schedule in order to make it to the gathering, did so without hesitation. The sentiment of those that were witness to this special, unplanned event was that of not just wanting to but needing to show support.
Photos by Sharon Burby