POSTED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 11:53am
UPDATED: Friday, May 24, 2013 - 6:58pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — The El Paso Police Department honored fallen officers Friday at the Annual Police Memorial in Northeast El Paso.
The names of Officer Angel Garcia and Officer Jonathan Molina were added this year.
Garcia was killed in December, 2012 when he was hit by a car while clearing a ladder off of I-10 near Hawkins.
Molina was killed in September, 2012 after he was allegedly beaten and killed by an El Paso teenager.
A total of 29 names are on the Officer Memorial, dating back to the first El Paso Police officer killed in 1883.
The Officer Memorial stands at Chuck Heinrich Park, which is on Officer Andrew Barcena St.
Detective Charles Douglas Heinrich was shot and killed in 1983. He remained in a coma for two years and died in 1985.
Officer Angel Andrew Barcena was responding to a domestic violence call in 2004 when he was shot and killed.
El Paso Police Chief Greg Allen said the risk is part of the job of an officer.
"Very few people have the personal courage to take on this type of work, whether its fire or police or any other law enforcement agency," said Allen.
Allen said that accepting that risk does not make it any easier to deal with an officer's death.
"It's so emotional for me at times because some of the people that are listed on that wall, I used to work with and I knew personally," Allen said, and added that public service is a calling that he believes very few people have.
Michael Flores, 19, has been a part of the El Paso Police Department Explorer program for five years and said he has that calling.
"Hopefully soon I can go through the academy and share the same footsteps as previous police officers have," said Flores.
He hopes to serve in the name of those who served before him.
"To remember the fallen people who protect our city, our state and our country," said Flores.
For a full list of of EPPD fallen officers, go to http://www.odmp.org/agency/1129-el-paso-police-department-texas .