The city's Police Department and Fire Department comprise the Southlake Departments of Public Safety and both share a high regard for traditions, particularly ones that honor the fallen.
The Southlake Police and Fire Honor Guards were formed to continue this rich tradition of honoring fellow police officers and firefighters who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
In the unfortunate death of a police officer or firefighter in the line of duty, the Honor Guard will perform the following services, with the permission of the officer's or firefighter's family:
Another way in which police officers and firefighters honor their fallen is to wear black mourning bands over their badges to honor those who have died in the line of duty. These mourning badges are customarily authorized to be worn from the day of the fallen officer's or firefighter's death until the end of the day the officer or firefighter is laid to rest. Police Officers also wear mourning badges during National Police Week, which occurs annually in May, to honor the sacrifices of fallen Police Officers across the country.
To learn more about these traditions and for ideas on how to honor fallen police officers and firefighters, visit the following links: