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Gainesville honors fallen Dallas police officer

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A large U.S. flag honored the funeral cortege of Dallas police Senior Cpl. Jamie Givens. (KTEN) A large U.S. flag honored the funeral cortege of Dallas police Senior Cpl. Jamie Givens. (KTEN)

GAINESVILLE, Texas -- A solemn funeral procession for a Dallas police officer paused in Gainesville on Thursday afternoon.

Senior Cpl. Jamie Givens had been providing a motorcycle escort for another fallen officer on Saturday night when he was struck and killed by a drunk driver.

Gainesville police Chief Kevin Phillps said all entrance ramps along Interstate 35 would be closed as the long cortege moved through the city and stopped for a rest break.

Phillips said Gainesville police and firefighters worked together to deploy a large U.S. at the U.S. 82 overpass in tribute to the Dallas officer, who had been honored at a memorial service in Plano earlier on Thursday.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. John Vincent wasn't required to honor his Dallas colleague; he wanted to be there.

"We're a tight-knit group as motor officers," he said. "It's just one of those things that we feel that to pay our respects for the service that he did is ... it's an honor," he said.

The OHP took the lead in the procession as it moved north into Oklahoma.

Funeral services for Givens, who was a 32-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, are set for 1 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church in Purcell, Oklahoma. Burial will follow at Washington Cemetery in Washington, Oklahoma.

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