The Killeen Police Department held a short ceremony Thursday morning to commemorate Texas peace officers killed in the line of duty in 2013.
City and county officials and representatives from several Central Texas law enforcement agencies attended the event outside the KPD headquarters on Community Boulevard.
“We are here today, humbled and grateful to honor the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said.
Of the 13 officers killed in Texas in 2013, two served in local agencies. Officer Robert “Bobby” Hornsby, who joined KPD in 2009, was killed in a shootout with an armed suspect July 14.
Hornsby’s widow, Kimberly, shared personal stories about her husband, and asked attendees to honor his memory by “showing joy and not sadness.”
“I think his biggest accomplishment was the man he grew to be,
the father he was, and the legacy he left behind,” she said.
Hornsby was honored with a plaque, which now rests on the memorial plaza outside KPD headquarters.
Bell County sheriff’s Deputy Adam Davis was killed in a vehicle crash Dec. 12 while responding to a call.
Sheriff Eddy Lange said Davis was a friend who joined the department to work alongside his father, Deputy Carlos Davis.
“There’s really no words I can say about how proud I am (of Adam),” Carlos Davis said. “We need to remember the fallen and keep them in our prayers.”
Lange said the departments coming together to honor officers represented the closeness of the law enforcement community.
“It’s part of the nature of our industry,” Lange said. “We are a big family, and any peace officer is part of that family.”
Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman also attended the somber ceremony.
“We remember the virtues that defined the fallen,” said Guzman, whose husband is a sergeant with the Houston Police Department. “In commemorating the lives of these officers, there is hope indeed.”
The Killeen Police Department will add another name to the memorial plaza in 2015. During his remarks to attendees, Baldwin said a memorial plaque for another fallen officer, Detective Charles “Chuck” Dinwiddie, will be installed next year.
Dinwiddie died May 11 of injuries sustained in a May 9 shooting at a Killeen apartment.
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