A Dallas Police Department motorcycle officer has been killed by a suspected drunk driver while accompanying an escort for the funeral of a fallen fellow officer.
Senior Cpl. Earl "Jamie" Givens, 55, was blocking the ramp with his emergency lights on early Saturday when he was hit by an SUV traveling at a high rate of speed, Dallas News reported.
Already in mourning, other officers in the procession ran to help Givens, but it was too late. He was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"We stand here today with our hearts broken," Chief U. Renee Hall said outside Baylor University Medical Center, where she relayed the sad details of the tragedy.
Police said a 25-year-old suspect was arrested at the scene on suspicion of DUI.
In a statement, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings echoed Hall's sentiments.
"Our hearts are broken once again," Rawlings tweeted. "Please pray for the Givens family and for the brave @DallasPD officers who protect us every day."
Givens was remembered by those who knew him as very involved with charities, including the Assist the Officer Foundation, which will be taking donations in his name in order to benefit Givens' two sons, the Dallas News reported.