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Rusk County Honors Two Of Its Own

Tuesday East Texans banded together at memorials to honor our area officers who died in the line of duty. In Rusk County, two officers in particular are serving as a reminder to all how important it is to just say 'thank you.'

As the bagpipes play on and heads are bowed, people outside the Rusk County Courthouse can't help but remember and honor two of their own Tuesday

"To be honored, I think it's admirable the support of rusk co, Henderson have given me oh man, I can't begin to tell you the things they did from day one in the hospital," says Rickey Turner.

Former Henderson Police Lt. Rickey Turner almost lost his life last year in a car accident while responding to a drunk driver call.  

"I thank God that I'm still here and that's feels great, even though this is a memorial service for officers that have given all, I think it's also fitting to say thank you to the officers that are here," he says.

And no one wants to remind people to thank law enforcement more than Rachelle Thrasher. She's the widow wife of Clint Thrasher, a border patrol agent and Henderson native who died three weeks ago, protecting our borders. 

"I do miss him and I do want him back, but I do understand too, and I hope that our community will begin to understand the fight that they fight every single day," she says.

 Rachelle says never take for granted the job law enforcement agencies do each day for us.  

"Everyday should be a day that you should say thank you...cause you don't know what they've been through that day, you truly don't know," she adds.

It's a time to honor heroes fallen. and pay tribute to the heroes of today.

Tracy Watler/Reporting:

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