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La. law enforcement pays tribute to fallen TX deputy

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Funeral services were held Friday for Deputy Derron Goforth, who was gunned down at a gas station in Houston, Texas. The funeral started at 11a.m. The same time many law enforcement agencies all over Texas and Louisiana stopped everything to pay respect to a fallen brother. 

Several police and fire departments in East Feliciana Parish lined Highways 10 and 955 Friday. 

"With the recent attack on law enforcement, we just felt that it was necessary to stop what we were doing today at 11 o'clock," said Sgt. Kevin Garig with the East Feliciana Sheriff's Office. 

A half mile stretch was shut down to honor Deputy Goforth. Texas' governor asked all law enforcement agencies in Texas to stop wherever they were at 11 a.m., turn on their lights for one minute and salute their fallen brother. 

Even though there's a state line separating Louisiana from Texas, Sgt. Garig said the blue line has no boundaries. 

"If something happens in the state of Texas to an officer, we feel it here in East Feliciana Parish. Every law enforcement agency feels it," said Sgt. Garig. 

From St. Tammany to East Feliciana Parish, police, fire, medics and more lined the streets. But Major Bob King said EFSO has double the reason to pay tribute, especially today. 

On Sept. 4, 1998, Deputy Allen Lawrence Heirtzler, 22, was responding to a call on Hwy 67 when he hit a cow in the roadway, then a utility pole setting his patrol car on fire with him still inside. 

"Trapped inside. All efforts to get him out failed," said Major King. 

With each blue light, regardless the state, the officers said they stand together in this trying time for all of law enforcement adding they're all one. 

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