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CTX law enforcement turn on lights in remembrance of fallen Dallas officers

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ROBINSON, TX (KXXV) -

On the anniversary of the Dallas ambush in 2016, in which five Dallas area officers were killed, 18 Central Texas agencies, including the Department of Public Safety, participated in a statewide call to support law enforcement issued by Governor Greg Abbott.

More than 50 units from Central Texas parked at the Highway 6 overpass in Robinson with their lights turned on for a minute in remembrance of the Dallas shooting anniversary. They also observed a minute of silence. 

"It's a very somber time during that minute because you are thinking about all the families and folks that were affected in Dallas last year," DPS Sgt. David Roberts said.

On Thursday, Gov. Abbott issued a statewide call to stand with law enforcement on the anniversary of the attack on Dallas law enforcement.

Hewitt Police James Devlin, who used to work in North Texas before coming to our area, said this anniversary is emotional.

"Coming from the Dallas area, it does hit pretty close to home. I know a lot of people involved in that incident so it's a pretty emotional day but it's good for us to remember the sacrifice those officers made in -- the protection of those citizens," Devlin said.

While it can be emotional, McLennan County Constable for Precinct 1 Walt Strickland said it is encouraging to see the departments come together for this anniversary.

"That's the best part of the day is look at the bright side and know that yes, we grief but you look at your brother and sisters and it's awesome," Strickland said.

A Lampasas Police officer drove to the Capitol on Friday morning to join other officers across the state. In Austin, law enforcement patrol cars lined in the North drive of the Capitol to join in unity in turning on their red and blue lights.

The Bell County Sheriff's Department, Bryan Police, College Station Police and Texas A&M University Police also turned on their lights as part of the statewide call.

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