Dallas Police Department, Texas • Line of Duty Death: September 23, 2021
On September 23, 2021, Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Arunulfo Pargas passed away from complications as a result of contracting Covid-19 in the line of duty.
Pargas was born in St. Paul, Texas and was raised for a short time in Zacatecas, Mexico and then later relocated to Dallas, Texas. Growing up, Pargas would do everything he could to assist his single mother and his family, developing a love for service and helping others from a young age. At the age of 17, Pargas met the woman who would later become his beloved wife, Toni.
After his graduation from North Dallas High School and a brief stint in college, Pargas decided to begin working full time to provide for his family, and was employed at Target as a loss prevention specialist. Inspired and encouraged by some of his co-workers who worked in law enforcement, Pargas enrolled in the Police Academy and graduated on November 16, 2001. The next day, Pargas would marry his childhood sweetheart, Toni, dressed in his formal police uniform. During his career as a police officer, Pargas participated in numerous community service events, one of his favorites being the Santa cops program where he would bring gifts to struggling families in his patrol car. Pargas loved giving back to his community. He helped make many neighborhoods safer throughout West Dallas during his 20 year career.
Pargas was passionate about helping others and his community, he was also vehement about sports as they were a huge part of Pargas’s life and his family. He would use his love for sports to teach life lessons to his children. Pargas also adored traveling. Some of his favorite destinations were San Antonio, Texas, and Cancún, Mexico. Throughout Pargas’s life, he was defined by his love of service and his selfless attitude.
Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Arunulfo Pargas is survived by his wife Antiona and his five children, Anthony, Steven, Alyssa, Valarie, Mark. He is now reunited with his son, Alex, who passed away in 2018.