College Station renaming Southwood Park to honor Constable Bachmann

POSTED: Friday, October 26, 2012 - 5:06pm
UPDATED: Monday, October 29, 2012 - 4:53pm

COLLEGE STATION -- It's been a little over two months now since Constable Brian Bachmann died in the line of duty trying to serve an eviction notice in College Station.

Shortly after his death friends and community members decided something needed to be done to honor his sacrifice.

If you ask those closest to the late Brian Bachmann, they'd tell you -- if he wasn't working or serving the community in some sort of way -- you'd most likely find him on the baseball fields at Southwood Community Park.

"This fall Brian had actually asked to be a coach for some individuals in the community who didn't have one, couldn't afford to play baseball," said Damon Slaydon, president of College Station Little League. "He was even going to pay for their uniforms and gear and even provide transportation when they couldn't make it to the games or practices."

Southwood was a place he loved, so in the days following Bachmann's death, Damon Slaydon teamed up with Cody Whitten and Jeff Kerston, both close family friends, to spearhead a community wide effort.

Together they collected more than 135 letters that were sent to the city of College Station asking that they change the name of Southwood Community Park to the Brian Bachmann Athletic Complex.

"Knowing Brian, knowing that he loves sports, knowing that he loves his family and that he loves his community, what a better way than to name a park after him? " said Slaydon.

Family and friends were in attendance at last night's emotional city council meeting where council members unanimously approved re-naming the park in Bachmann's memory.

Council member Jess Fields said, "We could name ever street and park in this town after him and it wouldn't be enough of an honor but this will be a lasting tribute to him."

The city plans on holding an official re-naming ceremony in the spring to coincide with the start of the little league season.

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