2017 in Photos: Wrapping up the Year

As the year comes to a close, it’s time to take a look back at some of the most memorable events and images of 2017.

During a driving thunderstorm in April, firefighters battle a house fire in the 2000 block of Plains Ct. The fire was one of three house fires caused by lightning strikes from the morning storm. The photo has received three gold medals in international photojournalism exhibitions. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

A single car crashed into a gas meter in the 2400 block of SE 14th, igniting the meter. Two Grand Prairie police officers braved the flames to pull the injured driver from the car. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Mayor Ron Jensen speaks to a large audience at the annual Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce State of the City. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Elizabeth Ramirez with the South Grand Prairie High School Ballet Folklórico at the Grand Opening of the Walmart at 2650 S. Highway 161. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Dallas String Quartet performs at the Uptown Theater. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Sandra Hardy prays at the National Day of Prayer service held at the Liberty Bell at City Hall Plaza. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Riesel Smith, a GPISD 12th grader, makes a bowl for the annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Abraham and Claudia Gonzalez enjoy a mild February night with a cold beer while relaxing on their patio at the Williamsburg Apartments with daughter Sara. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Firefighter Tyler Cowan battles a fire in the dark garage of a house in the 2300 block of Avenue C. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Sergeant Brandy Elliot gets a hug from her daughter at the Police Department promotion ceremony. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Police respond to a robbery at the Sugar Creek Apartments. Two men were critically wounded by suspects posing as buyers of an item advertised on a person-to-person classified website. ©Bob Fitch – 2017

Police officers respond to a shooting at a business in the 3900 block of East Jefferson. ©Bob Fitch – 2017