PHOTO: Police Department Creates Patriotic Tribute to Military Members Killed in Afghanistan

by Samantha Whidden

On Tuesday (August 31) the Kissimmee, Florida police department shared a special tribute to the 13 military servicemen and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan last week. 

“13 patrol cars for the 13 servicemen and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan,” the police department shared.  “Our hearts go out to their families and friends. May they Rest In Peace and never be forgotten.”

The tribute shows 13 Kissimmee police cars positioned into a heart around a flag pole. A flag is on top of the hood of the 13th police car. The 13 military personnel were killed during the attack on the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul last Thursday.

The fallen military servicemen and women were Marines Staff Sgt. Darin T. Hoover, Sgt. Johanny Rosariopichardo, Sgt. Nicole L. Gee, Cpl. Hunter Lopez, Cpl. Daegan W. Page, Cpl. Humberto A. Sanchez, Lance Cpl. David L. Espinoza, Lance Cpl. Jared Schmitz, Lance Cp. Rylee J. McCollum, Lance Cpl. Dylan R. Merola, Lance Cpl. Kareem Nikoui, Navy Hospitalman Max Soviak, and Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Knauss.

Restaurants Honor the 13 Military Personnel Killed in Kabul Attack 

Along with the Kissimmee Police Department, restaurants around the country have honored the 13 military personnel killed in the Kabul attack.

As previously reported, social media users are sharing snapshots of booths at various Texas Roadhouse locations that are for the 13 military members. Each table has a total of 13 beers, an American flag, and a reserved sign. 

During a recent interview with TODAY Food, various restaurants reveal the gesture is out of the desire to show support and honor for the U.S. military. In Ohio, the Ironwood restaurant general manager, tells the media outlet that she decided to do the setup to honor the Ohio service member killed in the attack. 

“All that hit home for me,” she explained. “I just want everybody to know that we here at Ironwood support our troops and remember our fallen. We pray for the families that lost their friend or family member.”

She goes on to add that the country needs to take care of the military as well as support and honor the troops and fallen servicemen and women. The Ironwood manager goes on to add, “I had a lot of people thanking me, shaking my hand. They were extremely touched by [the display].”

Some of the bars and restaurants that have the display have also set up donations for the families of the fallen U.S. military personnel. The donations will continue up until September 11th for most places.