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Burleson County Deputy Laid to Rest

With heavy hearts family, friends and law enforcement from around the state spent today remembering a deputy killed in the line of duty.

Sergeant Adam Sowders was killed while executing a search warrant last week in Burleson County.

It was a very somber mood at the Central Baptist Church in College Station, as friends, family and loved ones came to say good bye to the 31 year old sergeant investigator.

"He was successful because he loved his work and put in much time and effort to be the best he could be," said Sheriff Dale Stroud of Burleson County. "He always practiced compassion and fairness even though he was confronted with persons who were not always deserving."

About 1,200 visitors came to mourn the loss from all across the Brazos Valley and the state of Texas. Tears were shed, laughs were shared and deputy Sowders was remembered today as a great man.

Among those present were members of the Somerville Volunteer Fire Department, where Sowders began volunteering when he was in high school.

 "He had his compassionate heart and dedication above all. He will be missed by his fellow law officers and fire fighters, but there will always be an empty space whenever our truck pulls out a fireman will be missing that can never be replaced," said Patrick Mantey.

A central theme from the speakers was that Sowders was a man with a mission to make Burleson County a better place.

Law enforcers who did not know him even took time out of their busy days to attend.

Officer Kelley McKethan a member of the Honor Guard for the Bryan Police Department said, "Even though I did not know him personally, he is my brother. He wears the same uniform, he does the same duties, and he puts his life on the line everyday. Unfortunately this day, he's fallen and this is our way to pay respect to him."

Around one hundred emergency vehicles formed a processional to take Sowders from the church  to be buried in his hometown -- Somerville.
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