A Bossier deputy and his horse will be participating in the funeral services for the Dallas officers killed in the line of duty last week.
Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said Deputy Thomas Delrie, School Resource Officer at Curtis Elementary School, will have the privilege of honoring two of the slain Dallas Police Department officers at their funerals by providing one the Percheron horses that will be pulling the hearses.
Delrie’s horse, Perry, a nine-year-old Percheron that weighs between 2,300-2,600 pounds, will be paired with another horse from Vintage Carriages in Rice, Texas, to pull the caskets during the two officers’ funeral processions Thursday and Saturday.
“I thought it was just the right thing to do to honor those officers,” said Delrie. “Sheriff Whittington has been wonderfully supportive to allow me to do this.”
Delrie and his wife have raised the draft horses for the last nine years on their Haughton farm. Their Percherons’ primary purpose has been for animal therapy, providing disabled children and the elderly the chance to interact with these gentle giants. This breed was widely used during World War I because of their docile nature, thus their nickname “the war horse.”
Delrie’s horses have also participated in the Black History Parade in Shreveport and at other funerals, but never in any of this magnitude, which he describes as “a great honor” as a fellow law enforcement officer.
“We are honored to show our support to these fellow fallen officers,” said Sheriff Whittington. “The law enforcement community is a family, and to be able to have one of our deputies take part in the funeral just shows the amount of camaraderie that comes in this line of work.”