SAN MARTIN, Calif. – Gerina Piller lives in suburban Dallas now.
Her stepfather is a police officer back in Roswell, N.M., where she grew up.
All of that made news of the ambush that killed five police officers in Dallas on Thursday night especially personal.
“It was heart wrenching,” Piller said after her round Friday at the U.S. Women’s Open. “Police officers are humans. They aren’t perfect. You have some who may do something wrong. They have seconds to make a decision. With my dad, that gun protects him, brings him home every night.”
Piller’s stepfather, Alan Stevenson, is a task force commander who has been a police officer for 20 years.
“The Dallas police chief mentioned that the second guns were fired, the police began running toward the guns,” Piller said. “They didn’t know [the shooting] was at them. They were trying to protect the people who were actually protesting against them.
“It is dear to my heart, and I support law enforcement and anyone who sacrifices their life in the line of duty to keep us safe and free. It definitely was an eye opener for me. There is somebody’s dad who wasn’t going home that night.”