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Deputy killed in Eastland wildfires to be laid to rest; local authorities plan to attend memorial.

Deputy Barbara Fenley

A memorial service honoring Eastland County Sheriff’s Deputy Barbara Fenley will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Myrtle Wilks Building in Cisco.

The 51-year-old deputy died Thursday while reportedly trying to help an elderly resident escape the massive flames caused by the Eastland Complex fires.

Stephenville Police Chief Dan Harris told Beneath the Surface News that the SPD has been helping “operationally and administratively” since the fires began.

In fact, Chief Harris and his two captains were at the funeral home when I spoke to him on Sunday morning.

“Any time we lose a brother or sister in the line of duty our hearts are broken and we hold their families closely,” Harris said. “Especially our sister who was next door, we will always be there for Sgt. Fenley’s family and we will never forget her sacrifice.”

Gov. Greg Abbott announced that flags will fly at half-staff in Fenley’s honor.

Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates said the majority of his department will also attend Wednesday’s memorial, which will be followed by a private graveside service.

A visitation for Deputy Fenley will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Higginbotham Funeral Home in Gorman.


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