‘We’re here to help people’: Middletown officers speak out before making trip to Dallas

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MIDDLETOWN -- A dozen police officers from Middletown arrived in Dallas Wednesday to attend funerals for the police officers killed last week.

Before they left Wednesday morning, they spoke about what it means to them to support their fallen brothers in blue.

Southwest Airlines offered to fly officers down for free, as long as they prove they work for the department and are going to the funerals.

The rest of the travel expenses are coming out of their own pockets and they are using vacation days or personal days to get the time off to attend. Several people have contributed, however, to help pay the costs, and a GoFundMe site set up surpassed its $1,500 goal in less than a day.

Also, a person sent in a letter with $200 and a note to help out.

Funerals for two of the officers, Officer Brent Thompson and Senior Cpl. Lorne Ahrens are scheduled for Wednesday.

Sgt. Michael Smith’s funeral is scheduled for Thursday and Officer Patrick Zamarripa’s services will be held Saturday.

The details for services for Officer Michael Krol, who attended high school in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, have not yet been announced.