Following the Dallas, Texas shooting last Thursday which killed five police officers and injured eight more, Governor Matt Bevin released an order for all Kentucky state flags to be flown at half-staff.
In response to the Governor’s order, Mayor David Thompson and Barbourville City police officers met outside of City Hall on Monday, July 11 to honor the police officers who responded valiantly to the shooting.
“We are deeply offended and heartbroken by the cowardly assault on police officers in Dallas. As a society we must strongly condemn acts of violence against innocent lives, especially those who put their lives on the line to protect us,” Governor Bevin said in a press release shortly after the shooting.
Police Chief Winston Tye and Officer Elijah Broughton lowered the flag in front of City Hall to half-staff. A brief moment of silence followed as Chief Tye, Officer Owens, Sergeant Brown and Officer Broughton gathered around the flag, reflecting on the tragedy that shook the citizens of Knox County and the nation.
This was the Barbourville City Police Department’s second gathering to show respect for the officers who were killed in the line of duty during the Dallas tragedy. On Friday, July 8, Chief Tye and Officer Adam Townsley pulled to the side of the road for a moment of silence for their brothers in blue.
The City Hall flag remained at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, July 12 per Governor Bevin’s orders. “United we stand, divided we fall,” concluded Governor Bevin.