You gave your all to protect and serve us, and for that we are eternally grateful.
Robert “Bobby” Hornsby, 32
Killeen Texas Police Department
July 14, 2013 – Officer Bobby Hornsby was shot and killed during a SWAT team deployment to apprehend a man who’d barricaded himself inside his apartment. The suspect, a Fort Hood soldier, had threatened several people with a weapon before retreating inside his home. When the SWAT team arrived the suspect opened the door and held his hands up as if to surrender. As the team moved in to make the arrest, the suspect quickly grabbed an AK-47 rifle and opened fire, striking Officer Hornsby and another officer. Both officers were transported to the hospital where Hornsby succumbed to his wounds. The suspect was killed during the exchange of gunfire.
Officer Hornsby is survived by his wife and two young children.
At Hornsby’s funeral, his widow, Kimberly, addressed the standing-room-only crowd of mourners saying her husband’s “love for people was unconditional and infectious.”
“He is my hero,” she said.
Then she recited the Police Officer’s Prayer.
“Lord I ask for courage
Courage to face and
Conquer my own fears…
Courage to take me
Where others will not go…
I ask for strength
Strength of body to protect others
And strength of spirit to lead others…
I ask for dedication
Dedication to my job, to do it well
Dedication to my community
To keep it safe…
Give me Lord, concern
For others who trust me
And compassion for those who need me…
And please Lord
Through it all
Be at my side”
*Hornsby family photo from the Robert Hornsby End Of Watch Facebook Page.