DALLAS - Houston area law enforcement and first responders were among the thousands who came to pay respects Tuesday to the five murdered Dallas police officers at an interfaith memorial service.
"It really takes us back to how important and how dangerous our jobs are," said Ron Hooker, commander of the Houston Fire Department Honor Guard.
His message was echoed by President Obama during his remarks at the event.
"When the bullets started flying, the men and women of the Dallas police ... did not flinch and they did not react recklessly. They showed incredible restraint," Obama said.
Obama, former President George W. Bush and Vice President Joe Biden met with the families of the slain officers as well as survivors, including Shetamia Taylor, who was shot in the leg while trying to protect her son.
"It was wonderful. They are all wonderful men, and so are their wives," Taylor said of meeting the dignitaries.
Sheriff Ron Hickman and several of his command staff attended the service.
"Thirty days from now, I hope we don't forget whatever momentum we get from these incidents (and) we use that to begin talking instead of fighting," HIckman said.
Funerals for the officers begin Wednesday morning and continue through Saturday.