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City Preserves Impromptu DPD Memorials

As Dallas was hit with rain Friday morning, the Dallas Public Library moved to save the memorial that sprung up at police headquarters in the immediate aftermath of July 7's police ambush. Everything hand-written or non-perishable from the memorial will be saved.

Thousands of items left by people from around the world were collected by librarians, archivists and DPD personnel. They'll be saved in the library’s History and Archives Collection. Jack Evans Police Headquarters has become a focal point of mourning as Dallas recovers from the deaths of five police officers during a shooting rampage by Micah Johnson. The memorial flowers, cards and police patches grew from covering a single squad car to covering three. Sunday afternoon, the last bits of the memorial was removed.

"The members of the Dallas Police Department are thankful for the citizens of Dallas and fellow law enforcement officers from around the world who came to the Jack Evans Police Headquarters to build the memorial in support of the officers. Words cannot express the abundance of gratitude and love felt throughout the department," DPD said in a statement. 
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Stephen Young has written about Dallas news for the Observer since 2014. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.
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