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Thousands Attend Funeral Of Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth

In a show of solidarity, law enforcement officers turned on the flashing red and blue lights on their police vehicles as funeral services began.

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Law enforcement officers gather outside a church for the funeral of Harris Conty Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth.
Syeda Hasan
Thousands of residents and law enforcement officers attended the funeral of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth today in Houston.
Law enforcement helicopters flew over the funeral service at the Second Baptist Church. They were in the missing man formation in an aerial salute to Deputy Goforth. Friends and colleagues shared their memories of the fallen officer.

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman says Goforth was an outstanding deputy with a true calling for service.

“There’s no telling how many lives were touched by Darren, how many threats to our well-being he defended against or how many days were brightened just by his presence,” Hickman says. “The loss of an officer ripples throughout the community we serve for without them, we are without a guardian of the peace we so frequently take for granted.”

Thousands of law enforcement officers from around the nation turned out to pay their respects. In a show of solidarity, they turned on the flashing red and blue lights on their police vehicles as funeral services began.

Houston Police Department Lieutenant Roland De Los Santos says Goforth was his best friend. The two met in elementary school and remained close throughout their careers in law enforcement.

“Every time I would see a Harris County Sheriff’s deputy car coming through the neighborhood, I would always look to see if that was Darren,” De Los Santos says.

Law enforcement officers gather outside a church for the funeral of Harris Conty Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth.
Syeda Hasan
Thousands of residents and law enforcement officers attended the funeral of Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth today in Houston.

Goforth was fatally shot in the line of duty last Friday while on patrol at a gas station near Cypress. The accused murderer, 30-year-old Shannon Miles, is being held without bail.

De Los Santos says Goforth will be remembered as a loving husband and father, and will be missed by all who knew him.

“Darren loved humor,” he says. “He loved to laugh. Darren was genuine, he was down-to-earth, he was a regular Joe. He was unassuming and modest. He was independent at an early age and self-sufficient.”

Deputy Goforth is survived by his wife Kathleen and his two children Eva and Ryan.

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