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Hundreds Gather in Rankin to Pay Respects to Fallen Hero

Devin Sanchez
NewsWest 9

RANKIN - He was a protector, a husband, a father. On Tuesday, family and friends said their final goodbyes to Upton County Deputy Billy "Bubba" Kennedy, whose life was tragically cut short at only 38-years-old.

It was standing room only, as law enforcement, family and friends paid their respects to the fallen hero.

For 14 years, Deputy Kennedy put his life on the line and protected his community. Tuesday served as a somber reminder of the sacrifices made by law enforcement and those in their lives.

"It has long since been tradition in the law enforcement community that this is a family in every sense of the word," Austin Police Department Chaplain, Rick Randall, said.

Deputy Kennedy's family remembered a man who lived and died doing what he was called to do.

"He was never afraid and that's why we're here today," Kennedy's brother in law said. "He gave the ultimate sacrifice as a protector. He was a protector, it was his destiny."

Deputy Kennedy's family was given a flag by Congressman Pete Gallego, who held back tears as he remembered "Bubba".

"A very brave man, a wonderful father and a great example for the rest of us to follow," Gallego said.

But, as Pastor Trey Johnson reminded the mourners, "Bubba" may be gone, but his legacy will live on.

"He may be in a different place, and I miss him, but its like he's alive somehow and I know it," he said.


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