Chief Renee Hall of the Dallas Police Department sadly reports the death of Senior Corporal Earl Givens.

Cpl. Givens was serving as part of a courtesy funeral escort detail for a former officer’s burial. The funeral procession started in Dallas and was traveling on Interstate 20 toward Shreveport, La.

Givens was blocking the eastbound entrance ramp at Bonnie View Road with his emergency lights activated. He was stationary when struck by a Kia Sportage SUV that was traveling at a high rate of speed.

Following the collision with Givens’ motor unit, the Kia continued across the Interstate and struck the median barrier. The driver of the Kia was given field sobriety tests and later arrested on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

Other officers stopped and rendered emergency first aid to Givens while the Dallas Fire Rescue continued advanced medical care upon their arrival.

Givens was flown to Baylor University Medical Center. However, he sustained critical injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead upon arrival to the hospital.

Earl Givens served the Dallas Police Department for 32 years. He had been assigned to the Motor Unit for the past six. He was actively involved in numerous charity events.

Fred Frazier, the vice president of the Dallas Police Association, said he was friends with Givens.

“He was a great guy with a great, big heart,” Frazier told Dallas News. “How tragic could this be. He’s escorting a fallen officer to make sure that he’s honored the way he would want to be honored, and he gets killed by a drunk driver.”

Frazier said Givens did a lot of fundraising for charities, including the Assist the Officer Foundation.

The crash that killed Givens “also threatened the safety of our community,” Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson said in a statement.

“That very safety is what Senior Cpl. Givens, and all of our first responders, fight so hard to protect, on our behalf, each and every day,” Johnson said.

Givens had decades of experience as a Dallas officer. He could have landed any job he wanted in the department, said former assistant chief Randy Blankenbaker, who was a close friend of Givens. But Givens, Blakenbaker said, just loved being on a motorcycle.

“You wouldn’t have had to twist Jamie’s arm to be a part of that [funeral escort],” Blakenbaker said. “He would have gladly wanted to help out and to be out there.”

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings expressed his condolences.

“Our hearts are broken once again. Please pray for the Givens family and for the brave @DallasPD officers who protect us every day,” he tweeted.

Givens is survived by two adult children.

Senior Corporal Earl Givens is gone, but will never be forgotten.

EOW: Saturday, July 21, 2018.

Earl Givens

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