Fallen Constable Remembered One Year Later at Balloon Release

By: Clay Falls and Steve Fullhart Email
By: Clay Falls and Steve Fullhart Email

COLLEGE STATION *5 P.M. Update*

One year ago marked one of the darkest days in College Station history when a gunman opened fire on Fidelity Street, killing a Brazos County Constable, a bystander and wounding several others.

Bystander Christopher Northcliffe was killed in the shoot out, along with Constable Brian Bachmann.

Barbara Holdsworth, another bystander, was critically injured.

Three College Station policemen were also wounded in the shootout, which lasted nearly 45 minutes.

Friends and fellow first responders remembered Bachmann at a ceremony Tuesday morning.

Blue balloons were all around Brian Bachmann Community Park in College Station for a few short minutes Tuesday afternoon.

Just a year before Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann was gunned down while doing his job in College Station.

"You know Brian was always a positive upbeat person and we always had a positive attitude," said Brazos County Precinct 1 Constable Jeff Reeves.

Reeves worked under Bachmann before filling his job after the killing.

"I think that this is a true testament what you see out here and what Brian meant to this community. I think these people truly love him and I think this is what he brought here,"said Reeves.

Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk was close to Bachmann as well and sees the balloon release as symbolic.

"It reminded me also of one of the hymns we sang at Brian's memorial. You remember it: I'll fly away. And when you think about the refrain of that hymn that says, "When I die Hallelujah by and by, I'll fly away," said Kirk.

His older sister Rebecca Davis came up with the idea for the balloons and continues to feel love from this community.

" This is a great community and I'm so happy now that I have been accepted into it... These balloons are taking our thoughts and our hearts to Brian," said Davis.

Thoughts sent toward the heavens remembering a man greatly missed.

Coming up at six o'clock Tuesday on News 3, we continue our coverage as we remember those who were killed in the shooting and hear more from law enforcement who lost one of their own.

You don't want to miss the amazing story of shooting victim Barbara Holdsworth, who did her first television news interview since the shooting with us.

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Friends, family and members of the local law enforcement community came together Tuesday, one year to the day that tragedy struck College Station.

At a morning event at Brian Bachmann Community Park off Rock Prairie Road, the late Brazos County constable for Precinct 1 was remembered, and 100 blue balloons were sent into the air.

Bachmann was serving an eviction notice to a home on Fidelity just south of the Texas A&M campus when the person in the home shot the constable. An innocent bystander, Christopher Northcliffe, was also shot and killed. Others, including law enforcement were injured.

The shooter was later killed in a shootout with authorities.

Bachmann was remembered as a servant of the people, a role model to those he protected, and a dedicated family man. His wife, sister, mother and father were among those in attendance.

Brazos County Sheriff Chris Kirk presented Bachmann's parents with the Presidential Medal of Honor awarded to their son. Bachmann's wife, Donna, had already received Brian's, but the parents received one as well.

Rebecca Davis, Brian's older sister, spoke on behalf of the family and thanked the community for its support and comfort.


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