BRAZOS COUNTY, Tx (KYLE) — Law enforcement agencies from across Brazos County came together Wednesday afternoon to honor not only the officers nationwide who paid the ultimate sacrifice and lost their lives in the line of duty -- but one of their very own.
"Most years when we're at this memorial and we think of law enforcement officers, we think of officers from elsewhere in the state or the nation or things that have happened long ago in the past but not this year," said Bryan Police Chief, Eric Buske.
That's because in August, Constable Brian Bachmann was tragically killed in the line of duty while trying to serve an eviction notice.
"Ultimately we have to accept that Brian is gone," said Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk. "We relish the memories that we have of Brian, we tell stories about his life well-lived and we do all we can to honor him and his family for his sacrifice."
Wednesday law enforcement officers from Brazos County did just that.
They paid tribute to the 120 men and women nationwide who paid the ultimate sacrifice in 2012 and gave their lives trying to protect and serve.
Constable Bachmann was among those heroes.
"Those of us that are left behind struggle, we struggle as we try to understand the randomness of such an act and we wrestle with trying to find answers for why," Sheriff Kirk said.
But those closest to Constable Bachmann find solace in knowing he died doing a job he loved.
A job he was willing to sacrifice everything for.