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Memorial service set for police officers killed in action

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The public is invited to the 14th annual Denton County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service to be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 12, in front of the Denton County Courts Building, 1450 E. McKinney St. in Denton.

The ceremony will remember the six Denton County law enforcement officers that have been killed in the line of duty:

– Detention Officer Floyd Cobberly, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, killed by a prisoner during a jail escape Feb. 24, 1897.

– Special Deputy Robert Bruce Parsons, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, shot and killed during the investigation of a criminal gang Aug. 6, 1925.

– Deputy Carl (Red) Garrett, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, shot and killed during a liquor raid July 3, 1934.

– Texas Ranger Bob Doherty, shot and killed during a drug raid Feb. 20, 1978.

– Trooper Hollis Steven Lacey, Texas Highway Patrol, killed in an automobile accident while pursuing a traffic violator Dec. 26, 1980.

– Sergeant William Keith Thurston, Denton County Sheriff’s Office, killed in an automobile accident while answering a distress call Dec. 6, 1986.

– Debra Bradley, Chief of Police for the City of Corinth, will speak, and law enforcement agencies throughout Denton County will participate. The event is sponsored this year by the Denton County Law Enforcement Association FOP Lodge No. 67.

The Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Service is observed throughout the nation as part of National Police Week, May 9-15.

For more information, contact Denton County Sheriff’s Deputy Sergeant Douglas Lee at 972-977-3708.

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