Members of OPD, MPD leaving to pay respects to Dallas police officers

Members of OPD, MPD leaving to pay respects to Dallas police officers

MIDLAND-ODESSA, TX (KWES) - On Tuesday 16 members of the Honor Guard and police force in Midland and Odessa talked about traveling to Dallas to pay their respects for the slain officers in last week's shooting. They know coming together will help ease some of the pain.

Officer Cristin McNulty of the Midland Police Department said, "It's a sad situation but at the same time when you get there and see all your brothers and sisters in blue from El Paso to Midland and Dallas in a situation this big."

Corporal Mauro Matai of the Odessa Police Department said, "Anytime something happens with a police officer around the nation or law enforcement agency, we feel what they are feeling."

Reflecting on recent events, officers in both departments know sometimes putting on the uniform can be a thankless job.

"We are here for a reason and seeing this happening it gives me more motivation to keep doing my job and keep serving my community the way I'm supposed to," said Matai.

From memorials on trees, to donations to the separate departments, officers in the Permian Basin say this community will be with them when they travel to Dallas later this week.

"We get waves and hugs and are told we are supported in what we do," said McNulty

"The Odessa community has been very supportive of law enforcement and we are so blessed to have such a community like ours," said Matai.

Members of the Odessa Police Department left for Dallas at 4 p.m. and will return on Friday while members of the Midland Police Department planned to leave early Wednesday morning and return on Thursday.

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