Southwest Airlines flies MN officers to Dallas funerals for free

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Law enforcement officers from across the nation are gathering in Dallas to honor the five officers slain last week following a peaceful rally, according to ABC News.

An officer from Minnesota's Wyoming Police Department and a deputy from the Chisago County Sheriff's office joined in to attend funerals and pay their respects to the officers and their families. And both officers flew down to Dallas yesterday courtesy of Dallas-based Southwest Airlines.

The airline told BringMeTheNews that they have also transported police officers around the country to attend the services.

"Our Hearts are with all peace officers and their families during a difficult time and we’re honored to have transported more than 500 officers and family members for funerals and memorials," Southwest Airlines wrote in an email.

The day following the shooting, Southwest Airlines tweeted that they would offer travel assistance to the families impacted.

American Airlines also made a similar offer, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Providing airfare assistance in the wake of tragedies and mass shooting has become routine for many airlines. For example, after the Orlando night club shooting, JetBlue offered free flights for the families of victims, according to USA Today.

The Bloomington Police Department also sent representatives to Dallas but could not be reached for comment.

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