Galveston County judge provides officers with free ride to Dallas police memorial service

GALVESTON COUNTY, Texas – A Galveston judge personally sponsored bus rides Tuesday morning for county officers to attend a memorial service being held in honor of fallen officers in the Dallas.

Five police officers were killed and several others were wounded when police were ambushed during a protest in Dallas.

"We felt it was really important that we have a strong showing in the City of Dallas from Galveston County," said Galveston County Judge Mark Henry.

Officers said they felt a direct impact by last week's shootings.

"You see things on TV and thinking there's a possibility that that's never going to happen here," said Deputy Jared Rowlings of the Galveston County Sheriff's Office. "Then you see it down the road," he continued.

The group boarded a bus for Dallas, using the time to gather their thoughts and hopes.

"For the most part, peace. I just want everybody to hopefully learn to get along,"  Lt. Marcus Alfred said.

The bus left for leave League City’s Walter Hall Park at 5:30 a.m.

“Many people don’t understand the dangers and hardships associated with working in law enforcement,” Henry said. “I wish to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the family and friends of these officers.”

Henry said he wanted to give Galveston County law officers the chance to pay their respects to fellow officers.

Henry said he also wanted to show local officers and deputies that they are valued and respected in our community.

The interfaith service will take place at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and doors open at 10:30 a.m.

President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush are scheduled to speak at the memorial service.