Treasure Valley police travel to Dallas to support fallen officers and their families

Posted at 5:35 PM, Jul 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-13 19:39:00-04

Police officers from agencies across the Treasure Valley are traveling to the Lone Star state to show their support for the five officers who were shot and killed in the line of duty last Thursday.

Corporal Kevin Wilson with the Meridian Police Department is preparing to board a flight Friday morning headed to Dallas along with officer LeRoy Sunada.

"It doesn't matter if we're in Idaho, Florida, New York or Texas. We're all of the same family," Corporal Kevin Wilson said. "It's very important that we go show our support for them."

Wilson and Sunada will join two Idaho State Police and four Boise Police honor guard members already in Dallas.

"These events happened far from Meridian but we felt it necessary  to show our support to those victims and the victims families," Wilson said. "I think it will be life changing for me. 'm not sure what to expect. All I know is I can give our support  and our love to those people to let them know we're thinking about them."

The Meridian officers received donated airfare and hotel accommodations and their trip to Dallas isn't costing taxpayers a penny. All other costs are being covered by the Meridian Police Employee Association which they raise funds for year round.

The Meridian officers are using their own vacation time to make the trip possible.

"Twenty to thirty hours of my vacation is the least I can do for these officers. I'm thankful the department has given the blessing to go, but the vacation I accrue,  I can't see anything better than to go pay tribute to five of my brothers," Wilson said.

Wilson and Sunada will also be delivering a large donation of roughly 3,000 dollars to the Dallas Police Department to assist the families of the fallen officers.