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Hundreds of Peace Officers Remember Fallen Cadet

More than 1,000 people pay their respects to an East Texas man who died trying to fulfill a dream.

His dream was to become a state trooper. Jimmy Ray Carty, Jr., of Grand Saline, died Thursday from a head injury he suffered while he was training at the DPS Academy in Austin.

This afternoon, hundreds of peace officers and many loved ones and friends attended his funeral services.

They filed out one by one: more than 110 cadets in all, who trained alongside Carty, and just as many troopers, who do the job Carter aspired to. Also there to pay their respects: officers and high-ranking officials from police and sheriff departments in East Texas.

"Just letting the family know that we are one big brotherhood from all over the state and actually all over the nation," Officer Don Martin,of the Tyler Police Department, said. "When we lose a brother, it's like losing one of our own."

Tyler's West Erwin Church of Christ was Carty's home church for the last 16 years. He was 30 years old, a graduate of Whitehouse High School and Tyler Junior College, a former Smith County deputy, and an assistant football and baseball coach of elementary school children in Van.

"He was great. All the kids loved him," Mary Halbert, the mother of one student, said. "He took them on the side, not even during practice, and worked with them and stuff. And he was really close with all the kids."

Van is where Carty was laid to rest this afternoon.

"Jim was the type of guy that always had a big smile on his face everywhere he went," Ben Bentley, Carty's uncle, said.

Those who knew him best say he taught them to have faith, be honest, and never give up.

"He was the type of guy that thought about his family first before himself," Bentley said.

"He was really a nice man," Halbert said. "We all liked him. And he's going to be missed."

Carty leaves behind his wife, Cristy, and their three young children.

Carty died while practicing an arrest tactic with two other DPS cadets. Officials with the Department of Public Safety say they're "deeply saddened by the loss" and their thoughts are with Carty's family.

Julie Tam, reporting.


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