Corsicana to Dedicate Memorial to DART Officer Killed July 7, 2016

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By NewsRadio 1080 KRLD

CORSICANA (1080 KRLD) - Corsicana will dedicate a statue of Dallas Area Rapid Transit officer Brent Thompson Saturday morning. Thompson was killed in the attack in Downtown Dallas July 7, 2016 and was the first DART officer killed in the line of duty.

Thompson was 43 years old. He was born in Corsicana, graduated from Corsicana High School and attended the Navarro College Police Academy. He worked for the Navarro County Sheriff's Officer and Corsicana ISD police department before joining DART police.

"Brent was the kind of guy everybody wanted to be around and could depend on," says Josh Tackett. Tackett knew Thompson and led the committee that oversaw the development of the sculpture. "I think that says a lot about his character, how his fellow officers remember him, how his family and community remember him."

Tackett says Thompson was working for Corsicana ISD police when he was a student.

"We saw him every day. He had interactions with multiple generations of people with his dad being the athletic director of several schools in our district and coach, as well," he says. "This really is a community-oriented event."

About 47,000 people live in Navarro County and less than 24,000 live in Corsicana.

"Everybody kind of knows everybody," Tackett says. "When this event happened, everyone was hurting, not only for the Thompson family but for the community and for DART and for Dallas."

The sculpture cost about $75,000 and was paid for with donations. It is part of a set of bronze statues in Downtown Corsicana.

The sculpture depicts the last picture taken of Thompson. In the picture, he is smiling as he pretends to write a ticket to two children. The boy in the sculpture has the face of Thompson's youngest son who passed away in 2017.

The city will unveil the sculpture at the corner of Beaton and 6th Street at 10 a.m. Saturday.