Friends, Family, First Responders Pay Final Respects to Fallen Upton Co. Deputy Billy 'Bubba' Kennedy 10/8/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
October 8, 2013
Rankin - Hearts are heavy today in Rankin as people from all over the state come to honor the life of fallen Upton Co. Deputy Billy 'Bubba' Kennedy.
Every seat at the Rank Park Building was filled today by someone who was touched by Bubba.
Today we are here both out of respect and honor...for Bubba...for his family and for those who loved him," said a pastor.
Outside of the park building stood hundreds more.
"Myself and my officers are here just to honor the life of this deputy that gave the ultimate sacrifice," Ector County Sheriff Mark Donaldson said.
"We understand that we have to hold each other up," Reagan County Sheriff Jeff Garner said.
"It's all out of respect that we make the trip and pay our respects," Fort Stockton Police Chief Art Fuentes said.
Officers say when a brother is hurt, it is felt throughout the entire first responder community.
"When something like this happens, the ripple effects are wide," Chief Fuentes said.
"He's just like one of mine as far as I'm concerned," Sheriff Donaldson said. "We just want the people of Upton Co to know that we support them."
With lights flashing and sirens sounding, first responders from all over the state made their way to Deputy Kennedy's final resting place.
"I know Bubba is in a good place...he's done his work here...now it's his time to go home and rest," Chief Fuentes said.