Sgt. Michael Smith was one of the five officers killed in the Dallas shooting last week, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.
Since Sgt. Smith’s untimely death, America has learned about the man he was: patriotic, loving, faith-filled and someone who lived for his family.
— Blue Alert (@BlueAlertUs) July 8, 2016
His nine-year-old daughter, Caroline, has since opened up to CBS News about the last conversation she had with her beloved dad:
“He was leaving to go to work, and I was leaving to go to a movie, and he said to me, ‘What if this is the last time you ever kiss me or hug me?’”
Caroline added that this was not typical of her father, pointing out that he’d never said anything of the sort before.
But his words weren’t the only thing that were different about that fateful day. She emotionally explained how his hug felt different, too:
“It just felt different to me. I thought something bad was gonna happen.”
After the memorial on Thursday, a reporter shared this tender moment between Caroline and another fallen officer’s daughter, in which Caroline reminded the child that she’s not alone:
What a touching moment.The daughter of Sgt. Michael Smith made a bracelet for the daughter of Officer Patrick…
An entire nation is mourning alongside the Smith family, including the families of the four other officers killed in the ambush-style attack.
— CSPAN (@cspan) July 12, 2016
Darrel Thompson, the younger brother of 43-year-old DART police officer Brent Thompson, recently told the Daily Mail his sibling was a “hero”:
“He was a hero and we are mourning him. All the cops who died are heroes.”
The death of Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, also shook his family to their core. Zamarripa’s father, Rick, explained his son’s character to CNN:
“He was very giving. He would give you his last dollar if he had it in his pocket and you needed it. He would bend over backward to help anybody out. He was very patient and he would try to help anybody out the best he could.”
And the family of Michael Krol, the Michigan native who moved to Dallas to pursue his dream to be a police officer, is missing their beloved Michael. The 40-year-old’s brother-in-law, Brian Schoenbaechler, recently reminisced on the “big guy” with a “big heart”:
“He was a really caring person and wanted to help people. It doesn’t seem real. His mom’s had a difficult time.”
Lorne Ahrens, the 48-year-old Dallas police officer known for his compassion toward the homeless, was also killed in the shooting. His father, William, remembered his son as a “fearless” man who prioritized family over everything else:
“The pinnacle of his life were his children. He adored his children. He was a big, strong guy — 6’5 — rough and tough, amateur boxer, he’d get in the middle of fisticuffs with no hesitation. He was fearless.”
The funerals for all five fallen officers begin Wednesday and will continue throughout the course of the week.