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County honors fallen lawman
WILLIAM J. GIBBS JR./Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
Family members of slain Wilson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Ollie F. “Sammy” Childress Jr., including his granddaughter, Tracy, sons Roger and Verne, and his brother, Gary, are among a crowd who attended a memorial on the 30th anniversary of the former deputy’s death Nov. 4, 1983, in the line of duty.
FLORESVILLE -- “Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”
This quotation by John Wayne is etched permanently into a monument placed outside the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office in Floresville, dedicated to the memory of Deputy Ollie F. “Sammy” Childress Jr., who was killed in the line of duty Nov. 4, 1983. His death, and the events surrounding it, still are fresh in the minds of law-enforcement personnel, family, friends, and Texans far and wide who came to Floresville Nov. 4 to remember Childress on the 30th anniversary of his death.
In addition to the unveiling of the monument by Childress’ sons Vern and Roger, the deputy’s badge, No. 8326, was retired in what was perhaps the most emotional moment of the outdoor ceremony attended by officers from as far away as Austin.
Childress’ granddaughter, Tracy, was just 5 years old when Pedro Solis Sosa shot her grandfather to death. Tracy, who now is a sheriff’s dispatcher and trainer in Guadalupe County, joined Wilson County Sheriff Joe D. Tackitt Jr. in taking to the airwaves during a special broadcast that she concluded by saying, “You may now rest in peace, PawPaw. We’ll take it from here, while you protect us from above.”
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