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Gresham community shows police support as local leaders react to Dallas killings

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GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

The Gresham community held a vigil Friday evening to show support for local police officers.

Residents came to the Gresham Police Department where they left flowers, candles and cards in memory of the officers in Dallas who lost their lives in the attack Thursday night.

Gresham officers stood outside the station all afternoon talking to people about the future of Portland police.

"We're just going to keep doing our job, we have to keep people safe," one officer said.

"It’s a tough time, but we're here to answer questions, any that you may have. It’s a hard time for us all," another officer added.

Detective Branden Crate of the Gresham Police Department expressed his emotions over the shootings, speaking to the uncertainty that is part of being in law enforcement.

"We often don't know if this is the last time we are going to put on these uniforms and go home at the end of the night," he said

In Portland, new chief Mike Marshman spoke on behalf of his men. He described how it feels to walk back out onto the streets, not knowing what may happen.

 “I have officers out today, 2-3 years on, never seen this nor experienced it, now they’re wearing this uniform and they may or may not feel targeted,” Marshman said. “That’s hard for them.”

One man who came out for Gresham's vigil has a son on the police force, and as a parent, he said he feels lucky to not have gotten a fateful call about his child.

"I'm thankful that I haven't had to be one of those people who are left without a father or a son or a husband or wife or all these things these police officers are,” Val Garrison said. “They’re people just like us. They have families, and are thankful for them."

Portland will be sending an honor guard delegation to Dallas to take part in the funerals for the officers who lost their lives.

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