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This poem is to honor the five officers of Dallas
Gunned down in an act so mean and callous
Five lawmen, their lives taken far too soon
By the cowardly act of a radical loon

Five people not so different from you and me
Reported for duty, another day they would never see
Targeted solely for the hate of the uniform they wore
Ambushed by a deranged coward; an act we should all abhor

The oath these heroes took was to protect and serve
And for keeping that oath; much honor and gratitude they deserve
They put it on the line in such a brave and unselfish way
And while serving others with their life they did pay

©Kent Fletcher
July 2016

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
Matthew 5:9 KJV


Kent Fletcher retired as Deputy Chief of the Durham NC Police Dept. He served with that department for 301/2 years. He is a graduate of the 162nd session of the FBI National Academy and has an AA and BS degree in Justice Administration from Guilford College. Writing short stories and poetry has become a part-time hobby. He can be reached at





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