Slain East Texas correctional officer honored at memorial

Slain East Texas correctional officer honored at memorial
(Source: Fred Gamble, KSLA News 12)
(Source: Fred Gamble, KSLA News 12)

BOWIE COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - Officers who paid the ultimate price in the line of duty were honored Thursday at memorials across the state of Texas.

The ceremony at the Barry Telford Unit in New Boston took on a special meaning during correctional officer's week.

Correctional officer Timothy Davison was killed while on duty at the Barry Telford Unit last July. Authorities say Davison was transporting inmate Billy Joel Tracey to his cell when the inmate attacked Davison with an iron rod, killing the officer.

A 21 gun salute helped recognize Davison and other Texas correctional officers killed in the line of duty last year.

But at the Barry Telford Unit, Officer Davison will always be remembered. Officer Davison's children were at the unveiling of a plaque honoring him Thursday.

"I think it's good for him and it's a good way to remember him," said Mya Davison.

"I feel very honored and happy for what they did for my dad and other officers. It was very heart warming and I think my dad would have loved it," said Stefanie Davison.

It has been nearly a year since Officer Davison's death, but the pain can still be seen on the faces of those who knew and worked with him.

"It makes me feel better by how they remembered him and how good that he was," said Mya Davison.

Davison worked as a correctional officer for 7 months.

There were three Texas Department of Criminal Justice employees killed in 2015.

As for the suspect in Officer Davison's case, he is still awaiting trial in Bowie County, Texas.

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