“All I know is I lost my hero…He take (sic) care of me after his mother passed away last year. After that, he take care of me like he’s my dad.”
These were the words of Pyara Singh Dhaliwal when asked by the media to comment on the loss of his son Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal.
The 41-year old police officer, the first ever Sikh officer to wear a turban in Texas who doubled up as humanitarian warrior, was shot and killed in the line of duty on 27 Sept.
The family of slain deputy visited the site of his makeshift memorial yesterday (Monday) for a prayer.
Traffic was shut down Monday afternoon for a half-hour on West Road near Willancy Lane, the area the deputy was fatally shot Friday. Sirens were blaring as several Harris County deputies escorted Dhaliwal’s family and friends to the site of his makeshift memorial, reported a local media portal.
Outpouring of grief and and admiration for the deputy is flooding the social media, a sign of how much the local community cherished Sandeep’s role.
“Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal was a hero and a trailblazer who selflessly served his community every day. @DrBiden and I are keeping his family and loved ones in our hearts,” tweeted Joe Biden, a US presidential candidate for the 2020 elections, who served as deputy president under President Barrack Obama.
Sandeep also acted as the homeland security director of humanitarian agency United Sikhs.
United Sikhs have established a fund for Deputy Singh’s wife and three young children to help support their educational needs at this time. Go here.
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