Slain EPCSO Deputy Herrera honored on Capitol Hill

El Paso News
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Congresswoman Veronica Escobar honored fallen El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Herrera on the House floor on Thursday. 

Herrera was shot during a traffic stop March 22 in San Elizario. He died as a result of those wounds two days later. There was an immense outpouring of love and support to Deputy Herrera, his family and his brothers in blue in the days following his death. 

A transcript of Escobar’s statements can be read under the video. 

I rise today to honor the life of a father, son and public servant, Sheriff Deputy Peter JohnHerrera, who passed away at the age of 35 years old on Sunday, March 24 after being fatally shot at a traffic stop.

A lifelong El Pasoan, Sheriff Deputy Herrera proudly served the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office for 11 years. His leadership was exemplary.

He was widely commended by his fellow officers by always wearing his badge with pride.

He was the epitome of a public servant who loved his community and demonstrated it every day. He was highly respected, supported and loved by many, as a devoted father, husband, brother, and friend.

The community of El Paso mourns his untimely death, but we are endlessly thankful for his unwavering service and contributions to our community.

It was a privilege to stand alongside so many El Pasoans last week as he was laid to rest. His memory will live on among us for dedicating his life to protecting and serving with integrity and purpose.

I yield back.

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