COLLEGE STATION A Burleson County deputy killed in the line of duty was remembered Friday for his service to the community.
Services for Sgt. Investigator Adam Sowders were held at Central Baptist Church in College Station. Sowders, 31, was killed when he and a team of deputy were serving a search warrant at a home south of Snook. A person inside opened fire, killing the seven-year veteran of the department.
Sowders was remembered not only for his time at the sheriff's office, but also his work with the volunteer fire department in his hometown of Somerville, which he joined while still in high school. His father, grandfather and brothers also were part of Somerville VFD.
Patrick Mantey spoke on behalf of that department. He is the brother of Ricky Mantey, one of two firefighters injured in the Knights of Columbus Hall fire in Bryan in Feburary, a fire that claimed two lieutenants' lives.
"He was like a son, brother and best friend to many people in the department," Mantey said.
Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud noted Sowders' honor as Burleson County's Officer of the Year in 2011.
"He exemplified the qualities we always hope someone possesses when they pin on that badge," Stroud said.
Speaking on behalf of the Sowders family was Carter Stone, Adam's uncle, who said that on the morning of December 19, Sowders was doing what he felt was right, and doing it with others who thought the same.
"There is a line that must be held between the light and the dark," Stone said. "Adam chose to stand with you on that line. Adam chose to place himself as a defender against this world's darkness."