Editor's note: This article has been updated throughout.
Sherman Police Department officers have joined the lip sync battle that has been spreading across Texas and the country since a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy posted a video singing “Fuiste Mala” by the Kumbia Kings last month.
Sgt. Brett Mullen said the SPD video, which features multiple officers re-enacting the "You've Lost That Loving Feeling" scene from “Top Gun,” was the brainchild of Chief Zachary Flores.
“People have been asking us if we were going to do something,” Mullen said, explaining Flores came up with the idea of doing the “Top Gun” scene in a doughnut shop instead of a bar and then they were off and running.
Mullen said they figured out that he and Assistant Chief Bruce Dawsey would play the lead characters and got officer Breg Anderson’s wife, Lindsey Anderson, to play the woman in the piece. They then sent an email asking which other officers wanted to be involved. He said all of the officers were off duty when they filmed the piece.
“It took about less than an hour to shoot all of the scenes,” Mullen said.
The video was uploaded the SPD Facebook page Friday afternoon and had been viewed nearly 1.6 million times in its first 20 hours on the web. At the end of the video, Flores challenges the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office to participate in the challenge.
“I hope they put together something good,” Mullen said.
Grayson County Sheriff Tom Watt said Friday that his crew is working on its own entry in the challenge. He was mum, however, when pressed for details.
"We have heard you Grayson County and Sherman PD," GCSO posted on its Facebook page Friday. "GCSO lip sync challenge response coming soon."
Mullen said the idea behind the craze is to humanize the people in uniform.
“We just want to show that we are people just like everyone else,” Mullen said. “We want to show people that we like to have fun too.”
Four members of Tom Bean Fire Rescue posted their own video Wednesday to the tune of the Bee Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive,” and challenged other fire departments as well.
“We at Tom Bean Fire Rescue call out Whitewright Fire Department, Tom Bean PD, Howe Fire Department, Whitewright PD and Whitewright EMS #lipsyncchallenge #dontbescared,” the department said in its post.
Tom Bean also offers viewers a blooper video featuring “If You’ve Only Got a Moustache.” The song was composed by the venerable Stephen Foster and made its way into modern pop culture when it was featured the 2014 film, “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
The Tom Bean crew’s trouble with this selection seemed to be a struggle with keeping the fake, oversized facial hair in place.