DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A community prepares to say goodbye to one of the officers killed in the attacks on Dallas police. First responders in Ellis and Navarro counties called for supporters to pay their respects as a procession carried DART Officer Brent Thompson home from Dallas to Corsicana.
An honor guard escorted the hearse carrying Thompson as it made its way from the Dallas Medical Examiner’s office to the Corsicana funeral home where loved ones waited to greet him. Longtime family friend Pat Granger says the world has already learned the 43-year-old DART officer was a devoted public servant, and to them he was so much more.
“He was lovable and funny and very loving,” Granger said.
As the procession made it’s way south to Thompson’s hometown, first responders set up flags on overpasses to salute their fallen brother. Supporters lined the streets in tribute.
“Well, right now the morale for the policemen, it’s kind of low. We’re going to show the families we’re behind them,” Janice Andrews said as she waited for the procession to pass.
“They’re just coming out to show love, love for a family they may not know, and love is what we need right now. Too much hate, we need more love,” said Tara Price, who brought her children to hold signs song the road.
That love was clear as Thompson turned the final corner to the funeral home where those closest to him waited to welcome him.
“Everyone already knows he was a very patriotic, brave man and gave a lot, but he was so proud of being a father. He was an incredible father, and I did get to see his beautiful children today, and they know that. They know their dad was proud of them,” Granger said.
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