Texas Rangers star remembers fallen officer

- Texas Ranger Joey Gallo took to social media Friday to share a fond memory he and a teammate share with one of the Officer's killed in Thursday's shooting.

Gallo shared a photo on Intstagram of he and teammate Nomar Mazara posing with Officer Patrick Zamarripa.

The MLB star recalls passing Officer Zamarripa in the street, and feeling nervous when he first encountered the Officer.

 

A couple months ago @nomazara26 and I were walking down the street in downtown Dallas. When an officer stopped us, Mazara and I immediately became nervous, "I know who you guys are" he said. "Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara, can I get a picture with you guys please?" It was definitely a first for me and Nomar to have an officer, a true hero, want to meet us. His name is Patrick Zamarripa, one of the officers killed in last nights shootings in Dallas. I'll never forget how kind and down to Earth he was. We ended up having a 15 minute conversation about sports with him. He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man. Please keep Patrick, and all the officers affected and their families in our prayers today. #prayfordallas

A photo posted by Joey Gallo (@joeygallo24) on

Then, Zamarripa asked for a photo and explained he was an avid Rangers fan. Gallo recognized the experience as a first for him, in having a true hero want to meet him.

He goes on to say that he, Mazara and Officer Zamarripa went on to have a lengthy conversation about sports.

He closes his post saying:

"I'll never forget how kind and down to Earth he was. We ended up having a 15 minute conversation about sports with him. He was an avid Rangers fan. But more importantly a great person, and family man. Please keep Patrick, and all the officers affected and their families in our prayers today. #prayfordallas"

Zamarripa, who would have turned 33 next month, was married with a toddler and school-age stepchild. He joined the Navy shortly after high school in Fort Worth, serving eight years on active duty and then in the reserves, according to the Navy. 

After doing security work in the Navy, a police career seemed a natural fit once he returned to Texas in 2009. Zamarripa joined the Dallas force about five years ago and recently was assigned to downtown bicycle patrols, his father said.

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