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'Sandeep Dhaliwal Day' Celebrated w/ Akhand Paath

Dhaliwal became a Harris County deputy back in 2009 after meeting then-Sheriff Adrian Garcia at Dhaliwal's place of...

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Friday, Oct. 2 in Houston marked Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal Day in honor of the Harris County deputy who was shot and killed while conducting a traffic stop in September last year.

Dhaliwal was the first person from the Sikh community in the county to become a deputy, and other members who share his faith decided to honor his life with a 48-hour continuous prayer ceremony. The ceremony involves reading from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book, from Friday until Sunday morning...

..."When you're wearing a turban, it's the hand of God on your head," explained Dhaliwal's brother-in-law, Deepak Rai. "It's just like a blessing when you're wearing a turban, and you feel proud wearing a turban."
According to the Sikh religion, the word "Sikh" means student, and one of the ways to become closer to God is through good deeds to the community.

Dhaliwal embodied that through his selfless service.

"He would just try to teach us everything, like kindness," said Dhaliwal's niece, Nimrat Rai. "Like, if you be kind to people, they'll be kind back. Just show a smile. Be a leader, not a follower."

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