Rockford police and fire chaplains are holding an overnight vigil to remember those five officers shot during a peaceful protest in Dallas last week.
Dozens of people showed up as the vigil got underway, Thursday night. A police chaplain started off the service by reading off the names of the Dallas victims, and then the names of all sworn Rockford police officers.
After that, a 45 minute moment of silence will occur, and then the chaplain will read off the names again.
There is a guest book that people are signing which will be driven down to Dallas and presented to the police department.
Officials say they wanted prayer to begin around the exact time one week ago that Dallas police came under fire.
“Knowing what happened and this is in retrospect we are trying [to think about] you know that moment and the thought pattern of the man Micah who committed that atrocity, and also to let the families know we are with them.” said Pastor Calvin Culpepper, Court Street United Methodist Church.
“The officers that died gave the ultimate sacrifice while doing their jobs,” said Chief Dan O’Shea, Rockford Police Department. “If you listen to the stories down there, they’re lying on top people protecting them from gunfire. So it’s heartbreaking to be apart of it.”
The vigil is being held at Court Street United Methodist Church until noon on Friday.