The Dallas Stars will honor the five fallen police officers who tragically lost their lives on July 7.
The Stars announced the team will wear a special helmet decal during their season opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Thursday. The decal displays the badges and names of the victims who lost their lives in Dallas, Texas when a gunman ambushed police during a peaceful protest and killed five officers, injured nine others and two civilians. The mass-shooting was the deadliest attack on police since September 11.
Tonight, the Dallas Stars will honor the five police officers who lost their lives in the line duty on July 7, 2016 in downtown Dallas. pic.twitter.com/HCP5brwuoU
— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) October 13, 2016
The officers being honored are Brent Thompson, Lorne Aherns, Michael Krol, Michael Smith, and Patricio Zamarripa – all of whom, tragically lost their lives in July.
Stars head coach Lindy Ruff sported a Dallas Police Department hat at practice today to honor the fallen the officers.
— Julie Stewart-Binks (@JSB_TV) October 13, 2016
The Dallas Cowboys also wanted to pay tribute to the officers this fall, but the NFL put the kibosh on their plans.
The Stars were under no obligation to pay respect to the fallen officers, but by wearing the decals they’re honoring them in an appropriate way. The organization is part a big part of the Dallas community, so wearing decals is the least the club could do. It’s a nice gesture by the Stars, and a great way to support the fallen heroes.