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7/12/06-Tyler

Friends And Family Remember Fallen Smith County Constable

It was a simple ceremony. Constable Geddie's name placed on the Fallen Officers' Memorial, and a yellow rose was placed on a wreath by his wife and mother.

It was an emotional day for the Geddie family. His wife and mother, leaning on each other for strength.

From behind sunglasses, Lisa Geddie tearfully expressed what it means to have so many people honor his memory.

"He was loved. He was honored. And these people knew what type of man he was," she said.

Terry Brunk worked with Constable Geddie in Precinct 4. He and many of the other officers were together at the last peace officers' meeting meeting when they heard Constable Geddie had been shot. For them, it was a sobering reminder of the reality they face everyday.

"We tend to forget those things as officers. You know, we leave home that morning. We may not be home that evening," said Brunk.

Bobby Sanders knew Constable Geddie from the time he was 10. He and his father were partners at the sheriff's department. He says losing Dale was like losing a son.

"This, it's been tough. It's been really tough, and everyday is a healing process," said Sanders.

There's still plenty of healing to be done.

Lisa says even though her husband is gone, he is still watching over her family.

"He was an excellent man. A God fearing man, and he loved our family," said Lisa. 

His fellow officers say he also loved his job as a peace officer. Today, they said a small thank you for making the supreme sacrifice for his community.

Deputy Daniel Leon was also shot that day.  Today, we learned he is up, walking around and ready to get back to work as soon as possible.

Lindsay Wilcox, reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

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