Fort Worth's fallen first responders honored at annual memorial

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by RYAN WOOD

WFAA

Posted on May 8, 2014 at 1:09 AM

Updated Thursday, May 8 at 1:13 AM

FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth Police Department honored officers who died in the line of duty during an annual ceremony at the Fort Worth Police and Firefighters Memorial on Wednesday.

Mayor Betsy Price, Chief Jeff Halstead and other local dignitaries attended the tribute, which featured a reading of the names of fallen officers; a butterfly release; and a performance by the new Fort Worth Police Department bagpipe troupe.

Six officers formed the troupe and practiced several months ahead of Wednesday's ceremony. During the event, the officers performed "Amazing Grace" during a somber salute to colleagues who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting the City of Fort Worth.

Standing near the bagpipe band, with a patch covering one eye, was Officer John Bell. In January 2013, he was shot several times by a drug suspect.

Bell is back on the job working with recruits who attend the Fort Worth Police Academy. He said he plans to retire later this year.

The Fort Worth Police and Firefighters Memorial is on a five-acre site at the north end of Trinity Park, along 7th Street. It is open from 5 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

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