DALLAS, Texas (NBCDFW) – The family and friends of Det. Jerry Walker said goodbye to the fallen Little Elm police officer at his funeral Tuesday morning.
Walker was a well known and beloved member of the force and is credited with touching many young lives through the years.
His fellow officers will travel to his funeral in Plano. To make that possible, police officers and staff from agencies around North Texas are stepping into a number of positions to help out at Little Elm Police Department.
“We have a group called the ‘Brotherhood for the Fallen’ and they have taken the officers in that group and traveled to Little Elm on almost a daily basis and helped out honestly with however they can,” Fort Worth police officer Tamara Valle said. “Officers from around the state have been coming in as well, so they have been handling some of that also.”
The funeral for Walker, who was shot and killed responding to a call, is Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano. It will be available to watch at the top of this article.
Along with Fort Worth, police in Frisco and Plano and the Denton County Sheriff’s Office have offered aid to ensure Little Elm officers and staff have time to heal after the death.
“Fort Worth is always willing to help out any communities that need help from us. In particular our brothers and sisters in blue,” Valle said. “So, in this case, we have been helping out with certain guard details and honorary details.”
Police said it is never easy to lose one of their own, but Walker is the first officer in the history of the Little Elm Police Department killed in the line of duty.
“However they need us to help, we’re going to be there,” Valle said, “If we just need to be there to hold a hand, listen to what they are saying, we’re going to be there and we’re going to do that.”
Little Elm town offices will be closed Tuesday to allow everyone to attend the funeral. Emergency services will be handled by neighboring agencies.