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1st Responders honored

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Area First Responders and their families enjoyed a special dinner in recognition of all they do for this city.
Photo courtesy of Vanessa Kohler

Area First Responders were honored Friday night, Oct. 19, with a dinner sponsored by several area churches. Attending the dinner were EMS, police, sheriff’s deputies, game wardens and park rangers. Members of Jones Chapel Church, First Baptist Church, and Alpha Omega Church fed the area responders and awarded door prizes, also sponsored by area businesses. Fairfield Police Chief Kenny Bulger accepted a statue depicting an angel protecting an officer on behalf of the Fairfield Police Department. On hand and leading the dinner was greeter Muriel Morton and Master of Ceremonies and former sheriff Ralph Billings. Elder Conrell Lockett, of Jones Chapel United Methodist Church, led the prayers and blessings, while Akewa Tieman sang the National Anthem.


Trooper Allen brought back to hometown

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State Troopers and other law enforcement officers lined up outside Bowers Funeral Home about 4 p.m. Nov. 24, to carry the body of Damon Allen into the funeral home.
Photo by April Walker

The body of slain DPS Trooper Damon Allen was delivered to Bowers Funeral Home Nov. 24. Residents lined U.S. 84 in Teague to show their support for the fallen officer. Allen was shot and killed during a Thanksgiving Day traffic stop at mile marker 194 on I-45 outside of Dew.

After an hours-long manhunt, suspect Darbrett Black was found in Liendo, Waller County, and captured after officers released K9 Unit Odin on man as he hid in the tree line of a field.

Funeral services are planned for Allen at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Mexia High School football stadium in Mexia. Visitation is slated for 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at Bowers Funeral Home in Teague.


Back the Blue at Guardian Home Health Care

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Employees at Guardian Home Health Care celebrated law enforcement last week by wearing blue to work. Back the Blue is a new "holiday" stemming from recent police shootings. "Thank you to all the men and women of law enforcement for all you do," said Guardian workers. "We pray daily that you all make it home safely at the end of each and every shift.Thank You to all of the officers who sacrifice their lives each and everyday to keep us safe in the community."

Photo submitted by Kami Ward Matthews

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