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Officer Hofer Led With A Servant’s Heart

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Euless Police Officer David Hofer and his fiancee

Euless police officer moved to Texas for safety,
public support, friends say

EULESS, TX  –  Senior police officer David Hofer’s Facebook page is filled with photos of his fiancee, Marta Danylyk, showing the young couple’s excitement at a promising future.

Those dreams ended in gunfire Tuesday afternoon at J.A. Carr Park in Euless.

On Wednesday, several Euless officers wiped away tears as they talked with fellow officers in the department parking lot about their slain comrade, who had been with the department about two years.

“David truly enjoyed helping people and led with a servant’s heart,” Lt. Wayne Pavlik said in an email.  Pavlik commands the patrol division where Hofer, 29, worked in Euless.

“If you had the fortunate opportunity to meet him, you would have found him to be a very warm and cheerful individual who would go out of his way to help anyone,” Pavlik wrote.

Hofer was a New York City officer from 2009 to 2014 in Manhattan’s 9th Precinct.

“Amongst all this sadness, something I think, is that if he had to go, this is how he would have wanted it to happen — honorably.”
David Hofer’s friend Jesse Barocas

A friend who had known him since the fourth grade said Hofer’s police beat included Union Square, where he dealt with dicey situations.

Jesse Barocas, 28, of Brooklyn, N.Y., said Hofer told him he didn’t think the people in New York respected their police officers as much as the people in Texas did.

“He felt it was safer in Texas,” Barocas said by phone Wednesday night.  “He felt the community rallied around police officers more.”

So Hofer moved to Texas with his girlfriend, Danylyk, to whom he had recently proposed.  They had just finished building a house in Plano and were encouraging his New York friends to visit.

Hofer was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon by a man who was then gunned down by other Euless officers.

“He felt it was safer in Texas. He felt the community rallied around police officers more.”
Jesse Barocas

“He was a wonderful child, a wonderful police officer,” his mother, Sofija Hofer, told the New York Post Tuesday.  Hofer moved to Texas to be an officer in a safer place, she said.

Sofija Hofer told a Star-Telegram reporter that she was in “no shape to give interviews or talk” Wednesday evening.

Hofer’s Facebook page, still up on Wednesday, has a photo of the officer on one knee, proposing to Danylyk in January 2015.  Another photo shows him enjoying food at a festival with Danylyk in June 2014.

Pavlik called Hofer an exceptional police officer, person and friend to everyone in the Police Department and the community.

He had received eight commendation letters as a patrol officer.

“David had outstanding investigative and people skills, was extremely intuitive, and was an officer who exemplified our profession,” the lieutenant said.

His mother told the Post that Hofer had wanted to be a police officer since he was a boy.  “He was so brave,” his mother told the Post, saying he wanted to write a book about his NYPD experience.

“Amongst all this sadness, something I think, is that if he had to go, this is how he would have wanted it to happen — honorably,” Barocas said.  “He understood the risk, he signed up for it, he lived it, he owned it and he believed in it.

“In a time where there is so much tension between the police and the public — this was a good one.  He lived and breathed the brothers in blue.”

Hofer was the son of European immigrants, graduated from St. Ann’s High School in Brooklyn and earned a bachelor’s degree from New York University in 2008.

Another friend, Mark Baker, 35, an electrician in Brooklyn, said he never expected to hear that Hofer had been killed in Texas.

“To hear this happened in Texas,” Baker said with a sigh over the phone Wednesday night.  “That’s something I would have expected to hear happened here” in New York.

Within hours of Hofer’s death, officers from New York’s 9th Precinct had sent condolences via Twitter.

Officers killed in Tarrant County in line of duty since 2001

March 1, 2016: Euless officer David Hofer, 29, was fatally shot during a gunfight in a neighborhood park.

Dec. 28, 2010: Arlington officer Jillian Michelle Smith was shot in the head after arriving at an apartment to take a domestic dispute report.

Jan. 13, 2010: Arlington officer Craig Gordon Story died after his motorcycle crashed into a school bus on South Cooper Street while he was attempting to pull over a speeding motorist.

Dec. 17, 2006: Fort Worth officer Dwayne Freeto’s patrol car was rear-ended and burst into flames on Interstate 35W.

Dec. 1, 2005: Fort Worth officer Henry “Hank” Nava died two days after he was shot while searching for a fugitive.

July 29, 2004: River Oaks officer Nathan Laurie was killed in a collision while chasing a stolen pickup truck.

June 18, 2004: Grand Prairie officer Gregory Hunter was killed and officer Bruce Seix was wounded by a man in a parked van during a standoff in a Grand Prairie Wal-Mart parking lot.

June 12, 2004: Grapevine officer Darren Medlin was hit and killed by a car at the scene of a traffic stop on Texas 121.

April 24, 2002: White Settlement police Capt. George Scott Monier, 37, was shot and killed when he responded to a domestic disturbance call involving a gun.

June 7, 2001: Arlington police Cpl. Joseph Cushman, 27, was accidentally shot and killed during training.

Compiled by news researcher Cathy Belcher from the Officer Down Memorial Page, http://www.odmp.org and the Star-Telegram archives

The Last Role Model & Two Congregations Weep

The Death of Two of GOD’S Men

Rev. Clint Dobson and Rev. Clementa Pinckney knew the meaning of LOVE and CARING.

Racism did not kill 2 men of GOD, but this society and environment did rob 3 young men of almost every chance they might have had at being a productive member of society, and the chance to leave this world a better place than they found it.

Dylann Roof, Steven Lawayne Nelson, and Anthony Gregory Springs never had a chance.

When all the import autos hit here, there was no penalty tax added for not buying American, while at the very same time there were extreme penalties added if their people bought one of OUR CARS.

There are 7 new continents that grow more every day, 1 in each of the 7 seas.  These continents are made entirely of trash and garbage.  But the thing you should be worried about is what is on the sea floor????  I will give you a hint, it starts with TOXIC and ends in WASTE.

Do any of you know what cleans this earth????  A WHOLE LOT OF BRINE WATER AND A ONE OF A KIND FILTRATION SYSTEM.  As for anyone or anything depleting the ozone layer, research Catatumbo Lightning.

We are paying about $1.75 per KWH of electricity for clean energy, while suffering more and more power outages.  Coal fired costs $0.03 per KWH.  AND YOU IDIOTS THAT ARE WANTING TO TELL ME OFF ABOUT AIR POLLUTION, ARE EITHER TOTALLY STUPID, OR YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT A NASTY PLACE CALLED CHINA.

Just 1 more little thing, and that is called ethanol.  It’s production is driving up prices for animal food, and for the price of all things made of corn.  OUR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM IS ILLEGAL, AND THE PRICES THE AMA AND THEIR MEDICAL SYSTEM, AND THE PRICES THE DRUG COMPANIES ARE ALLOWED TO CHARGE IS A CRIME.

If any of you wish to know who these men were, and I mean REALLY know who these 2 very special men were, there are 2 congregations weeping still to this day, but at least these very special people KNOW they will be seeing these special Men of GOD again.

Rev. Clint Dobson, NorthPointe Baptist Church in Arlington, TX, and Rev. Clementa Pinckney, Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C.

1 Corinthians 6: 9 – 10
[9] Know you not that the unjust shall not possess the kingdom of GOD? Do not err: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, [10] Nor the effeminate, nor liers with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor railers, nor extortioners, shall possess the kingdom of GOD.