Remembering MA1 Zamarripa
With a dream to serve we look on MA1's service to his country and city
Sense of service and dedication are qualities often overlooked until they are no longer in front of you. This is a lesson military families know all too well, one that was brought home to the city of Dallas, July 7, 2016.
That day, one of the deadliest for U.S. law enforcement since 9/11, five Dallas police officers who represented those qualities paid the ultimate price.
The attack happened in downtown Dallas during a protest against the killing of two African-Americans, one in Louisiana and the other in Minnesota. One of the five officers killed that night was Master-at-Arms 1st Class Patricio Zamarripa, a reserve Sailor, stationed at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base. Although it was a great loss, his family and friends look back at the legacy he left behind and his dream to serve others.
Indeed, the way some children may dream of reaching the stars as astronauts, and some dream of healing others as doctors, as a young child, Patricio wanted to serve and protect those in need.
"Where we grew up was the barrio [a low-income neighborhood], so-to-speak," said Valerie Zamarripa, Patricio's mother. "He was just a regular kid. He ran around doing the whole sand lot thing, playing baseball. So he was proud once he became an [police] officer, because not many people get to do what they say they wanted do as a kid, but he did, and I was very proud of him."