Operation Iraqi Freedom, Fallen Heroes, Iraq War 03/19/03

Patricio E Zamarripa

Dallas, Texas

July 7, 2016

Age Military Rank Unit/Location
32 Navy  

 

 Survived 3 tours in Iraq and got killed performing his duties as a police officer in Dallas, Texas.

Patricio E. "Patrick" Zamarripa
1983 - 2016
Patricio "Patrick" E. Zamarripa, passed away Thursday, July 7, 2016, in Dallas. Funeral: 11 a.m. Saturday at Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center, 5201 Ca Roberson Blvd., Fort Worth. Interment: Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery. Rosary: 6 p.m. Friday at Wilkerson Greines Athletic Center. Patricio "Patrick" E. Zamarripa was born to Enrique and Valerie Zamarripa on Aug. 15, 1983, in Fort Worth, where he was also raised. He is the second child of three. Patrick graduated from R.L. Paschal High School where he played baseball and played the trumpet in the band. After high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and served his Country valiantly. After three tours in Iraq, he returned home to Fort Worth and answered his calling to law enforcement as a police officer. In 2010, he graduated from the police academy and joined the ranks of the Dallas Police Department. In 2013, he and his soul-mate Kristy, welcomed their beautiful baby girl Lyncoln Rae Zamarripa, to whom Patrick referred to as his "new reason for life." He also loved his stepson, Dylan, whom he called his "Little Buddy." Patrick was an extreme patriot of community, state and country. He had a passion for all things sports and loved to represent his favorite teams. He was so much to so many: a loving father, spouse, son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin, godfather and friend to all. He loved his family and friends with all he had. His passion for life and the love he always gave will live through all who knew him and his legacy will forever carry on in all of our hearts. He was always a protector to many here on earth and will now be our protector in the heavens. Patrick, you are our hero, fly high and soar with the doves. "Remember kid, there are heroes and there are legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die, follow your heart kid, and you'll never go wrong..." Patrick was preceded in death by his uncle, Larry "Bebe" Martinez; and grandparents, Agapito Zamarripa and Larry R. Martinez. Survivors: Soul-mate, Kristy Villasenor; daughter, Lyncoln Rae Zamarripa; stepson, Dylan Hoover; parents, Enrique Zamarripa and Valerie Zamarripa; stepmother, Maria Zamarripa; siblings, Laura Zamarripa and Carlos Zamarripa; step-brothers; stepsister; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Published in Star-Telegram on July 14, 2016
From The Washington Post washingtonpost.com 07/08/16

Officer Patrick Zamarripa survived three tours in Iraq before being killed in Dallas
By John Woodrow Cox July 8 

It had been 12 hours since he’d lost his son to one of the country’s worst mass police shootings, and he still couldn’t understand why.

Dallas police officer Patrick Zamarripa, 32, had survived three tours in Iraq, one of the world’s most dangerous places, his father, Rick Zamarripa, said Friday. And then this.

“He comes to the United States to protect people here,” his dad said. “And they take his life.”

Rick was watching television Thursday night when news broke that someone had opened fire in downtown Dallas around 9 p.m. at the end of a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in the city. He knew that his son had recently begun working as a bike officer in the downtown area, an assignment he enjoyed.

“Hey Patrick,” his father texted. “Are you okay?”

Rick had asked his son that question before, because he knew Zamarripa’s job was perilous. The response usually came quickly: “Yes, dad. I’ll call you back.”

Not this time.

“I didn’t hear nothing,” Rick said.

[The acts of heroism during a deadly night in Dallas]

He contacted Zamarripa’s longtime partner, Kristy Villasenor, who was at a Texas Rangers game with their 2-year-old daughter, Lyncoln.

Not long before, she’d taken a photo of her and Lyncoln’s feet propped on a railing high above home plate. They both wore matching Rangers-red Converse tennis shoes. She posted the image to Facebook and tagged Zamarripa in it.

“Glad Pat is there,” a friend wrote, “and not in Dallas right now… .”

“He’s not here,” she responded. “I just tagged him so he’ll get the pic.”

Soon after, Villasenor received word that she should head to the hospital.

Rick sped east from his home 40 miles outside the city. He was the first family member to arrive.

“How’s Patrick?” he asked an officer.

“He wouldn’t tell me,” Rick said. “He had that look on his face. I knew.”

Patrick Zamarripa’s entire adult life had been devoted to service. He entered the Navy soon after high school, his father said, and saw combat while working for the military police in Iraq. When he got out about five years ago, he joined the Dallas Police Department.

He just liked to help people, his father said.

Greg Wise, 48, knew him a decade ago when they worked together at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida. Zamarripa was focused and professional, Wise said, even as he talked about leaving the military before serving 20 years.

Wise would often counsel young sailors who considered walking away before reaching retirement age. Many wanted to quit for the wrong reasons. But not Zamarripa.

[Rangers prospect Joey Gallo posts touching tribute to fallen Dallas officer]

“For him, he was just tired of being away from the people he loved,” Wise recalled. “He wanted to go back and serve his community.”

Zamarripa, he said, had long known he would do that as a police officer in Texas.

“I’ve been around the military for 30 years. I’ve seen a lot people come and go. A few stand out as being some of the good ones,” Wise said. “And he did.”

A friend, Rick said, had recently asked Zamarripa if he was interested in a job with the Immigration and Naturalization Service. He declined.

“No, I want to stay,” he said. “I love doing this.”

Both his Facebook and Twitter profiles are rife with salutes to other fallen officers and soldiers: “Rest in Peace” in honor of two New York cops killed in 2014; a blue stripe across a black image of Texas; the drawing of an eagle surrounded by the words, “Home of the Free Because of the Brave.”

His interests, outside of an avid devotion to the Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, were few.

But he adored his children.

He tweeted a video of himself with his stepson, Dylan, yelling “Go Cowboys” together in 2013. The next year, he posted a photo of his boy, flashing a toothy grin, on the opening day of first grade.

“My buddy,” Zamarripa called him.

Late last year, he shared a video of Dylan pulling his daughter in a little red wagon.

“Where you going?” he asked, as they strolled past. She smiled and cooed.

“It’s the simple things that bring joy to my life,” Zamarripa posted.

Lyncoln, he liked to write, was his “#princess.”

He tweeted photos of her on the day after she was born in 2013.

“Daddy’s got you,” he wrote. “My new reason for… life.”

He dressed her in miniature Rangers outfits, tiny Texas flags and a No. 88 Dez Bryant jersey (with a tidy blue-and-white bow in her hair).

On Thursday night, Rick said, the family was briefly allowed to see his face through a glass window.

Lyncoln, Rick said, called out for her father.

“Da da,” he heard her cry. “Da da.”
From Fort Worth Star-Telegram star-telegram.com 07/16/16

Thousands honor, say goodbye to Dallas Officer Patrick Zamarripa

BY JEFF CAPLAN

FORT WORTH 
More than anything, Dallas police Officer Patrick Zamarripa was a peacekeeper.

At home with family, while serving the Navy in Iraq and on the streets of Dallas, Zamarripa relished his role.

“Patrick’s family described him as vigilant, reliable and kind,” said Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson. “He was quite naturally a mediator and protector of his family. He played the role of peacekeeper in his family and wherever he was found.”

Olson presided over Zamarripa’s funeral mass Saturday morning at Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center, which was filled with family, friends and police officers from across Texas and the nation.

Zamarripa died on the night of July 7, when he and other officers were “engaged in fostering peace,” Olson said, protecting the protesters at a Black Lives Matter march in downtown Dallas.

His was the final funeral among the four other slain officers: Sr. Crpl. Lorne, Ahrens, 48, Dallas police; Michael Krol, 40, Dallas police; Sgt. Michael Smith, 55, Dallas police; and Brent Thompson, 43, DART police.

“He understood being a police officer was not just a career, it was to answer a call from God to be a peacekeeper, for Patrick served joyfully,” Olson said.

For his work as a peace keeper, “we thank him,” Olson said. “And we thank God for Patrick’s life.”

Dallas police Chief David Brown talked about Zamarripa’s commitment to service, first in the Navy and later for the Dallas Police Department.

Brown talked of the importance of love while serving, saying, “if you can’t treat people right it doesn’t mean anything.”

Brown called the fallen officer “Patricio” and described his service as “personal.”

“What’s more personal that being willing to give your life in your service?” Brown asked. “That’s the example here.”

“We miss Patricio, we miss our four other fallen brothers, but this sacrifice is necessary.”

Brown said as police officers, “our service to our society is our sacrifice.”

“The question is to the community, what will your service be?” Brown asked. “Police officers have nothing else to give in their service but their lives. ... It’s why we call it the ultimate sacrifice. It is the highest example of our love for this country, for our cities, for our neighborhoods.”

“Patricio,” Brown said, “has made that clear, crystal clear.”

He ended by saying, “this family is hurting. they are grieving.

“This family needs to know that you support us and we support them,” Brown said. “God bless Patricio, Godspeed, and we'll see you again.”

Brown received a standing ovation for his comments.

‘A loyal Texas Ranger fan’

Zamarripa graduated from Fort Worth Paschal High School in 2001 where he played second base on the baseball team and played the trumpet in the band. Before Paschal he attended Rosemont Middle School, where then-band director Andrew Williams said Zamarripa made his mark.

“Back in the ’90s at Rosemont, it was kind of inner city — lots of gang activity, lots of problem kids,” Williams previously told the Star-Telegram. “He was always just like a bright light.”

A peacekeeper, as Olson said.

Hundreds of family members, friends, fellow officers and members of the Navy paid tribute to Zamarripa at the Greenwood Funeral Home in Fort Worth during the week-long public viewing and again at Friday’s rosary.

He was calm, contemplative and often private, preferring more to seek to help others than accept it. He had a sense of humor, he didn’t hold grudges and he so often realized the bigger picture of race, community and service.

After three tours in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Navy, which he joined after graduating from Paschal in 2001 and only months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he returned home to Fort Worth and answered his calling to law enforcement as a police officer. In 2010, he graduated from the police academy and joined the ranks of the Dallas Police Department.

He was a father and had a large extended family in Fort Worth. He was a a die-hard fan of the Texas Rangers, which was noted by George W. Bush at Tuesday’s memorial service in Dallas, who called Zamarripa “a loyal Texas Rangers fan.”

A miles-long procession along Interstate 20 took Zamarripa to Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, where he will be buried as a hero, a peacekeeper — as a police officer and Petty Officer 1st Class in the Navy, after receiving a posthumous promotion during Friday night’s rosary.

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