Dallas Police officers lay flowers on a squad car parked outside headquarters on Lamar Street today, in memory of those slain in Thursday's ambush. (Photo: Chris McGathey/Newscom)

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One Year After Police Ambush, a Memorial Fundraiser for Families of the Fallen

The Dallas Five fundraiser will feature guest speakers, a silent auction, and a workout competition.

A year ago this week, an armed gunman ambushed Dallas police officers downtown, killing five during an otherwise peaceful protest rally. To honor the four DPD and one DART officer who died that night, CrossFit Heat is hosting The Dallas Five Memorial on Saturday. The event, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the gym, 810 S. Saint Paul Street, will raise funds for a nonprofit that helps families of fallen officers.

Food trucks will park and music will play in the gym’s parking lot, as local bands DJ Astronaut, Justin Myers and Scott Whitaker take the stage. Also Mark “Oz” Geist, a member of the Benghazi Annex Security Team who was featured in the movie 13 Hours, will speak at the event at 6 p.m. (He also is signing books earlier in the day, at 4 p.m. at the DFW Gun Club at 1607 W. Mockingbird Lane.) Geist has donated an autographed book and movie poster to be raffled at the Dallas Five fundraiser. Other raffle items include a fiddle autographed and donated by Charlie Daniels.

Earlier in the day, CrossFit will host the Dallas Five Throwdown, a competition against two-person teams doing workouts dedicated to the five officers. CrossFit is hoping to have 100 athletes compete in four divisions, with registration starting at 7 a.m. Winners will advance to a final round with prizes.

Guests can browse local vendor booths, meet police officers, local celebrities, and families of the fallen officers. Proceeds will benefit the Halo Fund, a tax-exempt organization that provides financial support to families of fallen officers.  Find more information at www.thedallasfive.com.

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