McCamey Community Prepares for Deputy Kennedy Burial 10/07/13
October 7, 2013
McCamey - A community that has been mourning the loss of a first responder is preparing to pay their last respects Tuesday morning. Deputy Billy “Bubba” Kennedy of McCamey was killed October second while on the job. Now a national symbol of honor has been flown to the Permian Basin to memorialize this hero.
The Honor Flag has been all over the nation, going to every first responder’s funeral since September eleventh 2001. It’s something those who volunteer with the organization say is a strong symbol of support for those who fight so hard to keep our country safe.
The honor flag flew into Midland late Sunday night only to meet dozens of passengers standing in silence, and in respect as the flag made it’s way through the terminal.
“There’s an impact every time, there’s a feeling every time. It’s never easy to lose one of the officer in the line of duty ever,” said Austin Police Department Honor Guard Sergeant Tim Kresta.
Deputy Bubba Kennedy was well known in the small McCamey community. He was not only as an officer, but a role model for youth teaching and inspiring many through roping. For Kresta, the surreal feeling of burying a deputy never gets easier. “There’s no beating the feeling that we get in a small town.”
Kresta has traveled all over the state of Texas helping widowed spouses get through the toughest moments of their lives, but he says there is something special about a small community like McCamey all coming together.
“The town really needs to depend on all the other agencies in the area and by doing that it really draws all the local agencies in the area closer and you really get to do it as a team,” said Kresta.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 11:00 a.m., at the Park Building in Rankin. Burial will follow at Rankin Cemetery.