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Thousands say final farewell to slain Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal

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Published on October 06, 2019 with No Comments

Dhaliwal was Harris County’s first Sikh deputy and garnered national attention for winning approval in 2015 to wear his turban and beard on duty. The religious accommodation policy was a tremendous feat of visibility and honor for Sikhs in Houston and across the nation.

Pyara Singh Dhaliwal, (centre) embraces a Texas flag after it was presented to him honoring his son, Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal’s during his funeral at Berry Center on Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019, in Houston.

Thousands of people have turned out to pay their respects at a final farewell to Sandeep Dhaliwal, the Harris County Sheriff’s deputy who was gunned down during a traffic stop last week.

Dhaliwal was described as “a trailblazer” for being the first Sikh deputy in his agency. He is being remembered for his compassion, warm smile and for a life marked by service to others.

Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Dhaliwal was “a man of dedication, faith, love and compassion.”

Thousands of people, including law enforcement personnel from the U.S. and Canada, attended a law enforcement ceremony and a Sikh religious ceremony at the Berry Center in Cypress.

New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, the nation’s first Sikh state’s attorney general, said Dhaliwal “inspired an entire generation of Sikhs to public service.”

Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran of HCSO, was the first member of the Sikh community to join the sheriff’s office.

After the service, members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said their goodbyes to Dhaliwal with full honors and a 21-gun salute.

At the law enforcement service, about an hour and a half later, former Sheriff Adrian Garcia, who hired Dhaliwal, spoke directly to the slain deputy’s father .

“All he wanted to do was make you proud. And he did so, beautifully,” said Garcia, now a Harris County commissioner. “When you were watching, when you couldn’t see him. He was carrying your heart, your values, your name, your respect, into this incredible community.”

Current Sheriff Ed Gonzalez added, “Sandeep has brought this entire community together, in a very powerful way, in a way only Sandeep could do.”

Others who spoke at Dhaliwal’s memorial also emphasized the deputy’s commitment to service.

 

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