MEXIA, Texas -- Police officers from across the state traveled to Mexia, Texas, Friday morning to honor fallen Texas DPS trooper Damon Allen.
Allen was killed Thanksgiving Day. Investigators say that Dabrett Black, 32, ambushed him during a traffic stop.
Officials said Allen was a 15-year veteran at DPS, spent five years working within the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and briefly worked with the Mexia State School.
The 41-year-old grew up in Mexia, had a wife, and was the father of four children.
His memorial service was held at the high school football stadium in town, which was the very place he played Black Cat football.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott was in attendance, and so were other state police officers from up to 20 different states according to a DPS spokesperson.
“Their loss is our loss, and we feel it as well,” Kentucky State Police Trooper Brandon Brooks said. “We’re here to support the family.”
Kelly O’Hare, one of Allen’s cousins by marriage, told WFAA that hearts are heavy across the community. “The family is floored, the whole community is floored—I mean to lose such a great guy, we’re just stunned,” O’Hare said.
Friends and colleagues took the podium during the service. Many praised Allen for his selflessness, and willingness to put on his uniform on a holiday when he could have been with family.
A massive procession followed to Teague, where Allen was laid to rest. During it all, one thing stayed clear to O’Hare. “He’s our local hero, and always will be,” he said.
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