During National Police Week, which began Sunday, Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin took the opportunity at Tuesday’s City Council meeting to read a proclamation honoring two Killeen Police Department officers killed in the line of duty.
“Killeen honors the legacies left by the brave service of officer (Robert) ‘Bobby’ Hornsby and Detective Charles ‘Chuck’ Dinwiddie, who so bravely confronted danger and laid down their lives in service to our community,” Corbin said. “We will never forget officer Hornsby and Detective Dinwiddie. In their memory, we must commit ourselves to supporting the families of the fallen and all those who serve valiantly today.”
Dinwiddie, an 18-year veteran of the department, was shot Friday morning as he and other members of the department’s Tactical Response Unit executed a search warrant. He died Sunday at Scott & White Hospital in Temple.
Dinwiddie was the second Killeen SWAT officer killed in the line of duty in less than a year.
Hornsby died July 14 from gunshot wounds he received during a SWAT standoff at an apartment complex in Killeen.
“Police officers in Killeen and throughout the nation have answered the call to protect and serve, striving each day to keep the community safe from harm,” Corbin said. “By enforcing the law, these officers give our communities freedom from the fear of violence and civil disorder. ... We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who wear the badge, for their willingness to place themselves in danger to protect the lives of each of us.”
Each year, Police Officer Memorial Day is observed May 15 with the week in which it falls dedicated as National Police Week. It was proclaimed in 1962 by President John F. Kennedy. Annually, police officers from around the nation converge on Washington, D.C., to honor their comrades killed in the line of duty.
Hornsby’s wife, Kimberly, is participating in the 2014 Police Unity Tour, biking from Florham Park, N.J., to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C., where she will place her husband’s name on the National Police Memorial.
“Ultimately, every person in every community who works in government makes a sacrifice, and it’s unfortunate that there’s occasions where the ultimate sacrifice is made,” Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin said. “Our hearts go out to the families who are experiencing that, the departments that are going through that emotional roller coaster. It’s what makes America who we are today, by those sacrifices. We recognize and we want to honor their service to this community. Not only as an individual to their families, but also this community and the sacrifices they ultimately made.”
Corbin said the willingness of peace officers to make sacrifices each day “can only be described as selfless and heroic.”