College Station community remembers fallen Brazos County Constable
Family, friends mourn Brian Bachmann; survivor slowly recovering after attack
Fellow law enforcement, friends and family converged on the Texas A&M campus Saturday to remember Brazos County Constable, Brian Bachmann.
The arena was packed with mostly law enforcement officers from all over the state who came to say their goodbyes. Bachmann was honored with a 21-gun salute.
"When God said who shall I send, it was Brian who put up his hand," Bachmann's father, Brad Bachmann said during the eulogy. "I want to salute my son. I want to say this is not goodbye, but see you later."
Thousands of people packed into Reed Arena for the two hour remembrance ceremony. More than 100 police cars, with lights flashing then escorted the hearse to the cemetery.
Hundreds of police officers from every corner of Texas attended as did Bachmann's friend, U.S. Congressman Bill Flores.
"The friendly and always smiling guy, who could care less about anybody's title, he was the person that loved this community and he would do anything for it," Flores said.
People who only knew Bachmann by his sterling reputation attended the service too.
"I know it will take a long time to heal. I personally was widowed. I know it takes a long time to heal," Deeann Schneider said.
Bachmann is survived by his wife, four children, one grand-child, mother and father.
On Friday evening, a viewing was held at Christ United Methodist Church in College Station.
"It's been hard this last week," Brazos County Detention Officer Luke Thomas said. "(Constable Bachmann) was the first person I met when I came to the department and one of the big reasons I'm still (working) here. He brought me into this and he was the one who first told me that this is what you're going to get yourself into."
That warning that became all too real when Bachmann was shot and killed Monday while serving eviction papers, just blocks from the Texas A&M campus.
While Bachmann was being remembered in College Station, there was hope at St. Joseph's Hospital in Bryan. 51-year-old Barbara Holdsworth is recovering at the hospital and took her first steps after she was shot twice in the chest during Monday's attack.
"The family really wants you all to know that we consider this nothing short of a miracle," Holdworth's friend Andrea Jones said.
Doctors said that one of the bullets just missed Holdworth's spinal cord, while the other was headed straight for her heart.
"The bullet entered her left chest, split in half, and went on either side of her heart," Dr. Adair de Berry-Carlisle said. "It did not damage her heart."
But the hearts of those who loved Constable Bachmann are damaged forever. Still, they said Friday they must go on.
"We'll do what he wanted us to do," Luke Thomas said. "That's to keep doing what we do best. And that's to serve the community."