One year ago tomorrow, August 13, 2012, I was picking a jury on a felony
case in Brazos County when I received the heart-breaking news that a good
friend of mine, and one of law enforcement’s finest officers, Constable
Brian Bachmann, had been murdered as he attempted to serve an eviction notice.
Brian left behind a loving wife, Donna, four children, and a shocked community.
He was loved by all and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone, and
I mean anyone, who could say anything negative about Brian. He was a great
human being. And he truly enriched the lives of all who knew him.
He loved his family, his church, and his community like no one else I have
known. He was the perfect example of what a public servant should be.
He had a servant’s heart.
Our community has still not recovered from his death. Thousands attended
his funeral service and police officers from all over Texas responded
by giving Brian a funeral procession of hundreds of police and emergency
vehicles stretching for miles over the funeral route.
Tomorrow, Brazos County will pause once again to mourn our enormous loss.
Brian’s brothers and sisters in law enforcement will revisit the
loss of one of their finest and reflect upon the dangers of a career as
a police officer and, like Brian, still put on the badge and do their jobs.
Brian’s friends will grieve the loss of as good a friend as you could
hope to have. I miss him terribly.
On this, the anniversary of his senseless murder, please take a moment
to pray for his family and to consider the difficult, and sometimes deadly,
job our police officers willingly undertake every day to keep us safe.
We must also pause to remember Chris Northcliffe, a 43-year-old College
Station resident who was also shot and killed by the same shooter who
took Brian’s life. Pray for his family as well. Others were victims
that day, too.
Finally, and I know Brian would want this said, the shooting on that awful
day could have been much worse, if that is possible. The shooter certainly
had the determination and the firepower to hurt or kill many more people
that day. If it wasn’t for the incredible courage and extraordinary
presence of mind to two College Station Police Officers, Andy Murph and
Travis Lacox, who literally braved hostile gunfire and risked their lives
to end the threat, many more lives would have been lost that day, of that
I have no doubt. I know that Brian is proud of both of you.
It’s going to be a hard day. God bless Constable Brian Bachman.