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Waterloo Police attending Dallas Officers' Funerals

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Joining the thousands of officers traveling to Dallas to honor the fallen officers are several of Waterloo's finest.

No matter the distance, the five fallen Dallas officers are family to our own men and women in blue.

"I am very angry about it. But it is not one of those things where I am going to get even. It is just, I am going to keep doing what I am doing. Hopefully, the world turns around and people get rid of some of their hatred," said Waterloo Police Officer James Oliver.

Instead of anger, these officers are choosing to focus on healing. They'll be making the long drive to Texas to pay their respects.

"It is support for the families, support for the community that they live in. Knowing that if one of their guys is killed in the line of duty, we are going to be there too," said Waterloo Police Officer Dustin Lindaman.

Without a travel budget built in to the department, the opportunity to attend the Dallas officers' funerals was made possible by donations. The GoFundMe page raised more than $3,000 in less than 24 hours.

"It was very exciting to know that there are people out there that support us. We know there are people standing behind us, but to see it go that quick," said Oliver.

The outpour of love and support since the shooting is a reminder of why these officers first dedicated their lives to the community.

"I didn't think there was any other path for me than to serve, wear a uniform, and take care of folks who can't take care of themselves," said Lindaman.

 Officers Oliver and Lindaman are two of three officers attending Thursday's funeral services.

Police Chief Dan Trelka and another officer will be attending Friday's services.

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