Hidalgo County Constables Work Hard In Wake of Brazos County Tragedy
POSTED: Tuesday, August 14, 2012 - 5:59pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 15, 2012 - 8:26am
HIDALGO COUNTY - The loss of Brazos Constable Brian Bachmann can be felt even here in the valley.
"Apartment 25 in Edinburg, 24-10-8 occupant served," said David Sanchez, Hidalgo County Deputy Constable.
Sanchez is radioing in after serving an eviction notice. He's doing the same job Bachman was doing yesterday, except Bachman's encounter turned deadly. It's a sad truth, but the job of a constable can be unpredictable.
"It kind of hits pretty close to home ya know. It's a fellow brother in law enforcement that passed away so it definitely hits pretty close to home," said Eddie Guerra, Precinct 4 Constable.
Constable Guerra knows the dangers his men face every time they get out and knock on someone's door.
"Sometimes they get emotional, these people are loosing their home ya know, financial responsibilities the way they are right now, and the way the government is, and all these problems we have with jobs right now," said Sanchez.
But no matter what the job is, these deputies aren't shying away from their duty.
"My deputies know that in this job there is nothing routine, you have to constantly be on your guard," said Guerra.
Constables are the police of the county and this often forces them into dangerous situations.
"We do carry our vest with us, out tactical vests," said Sanchez. It's something they hope they don't have to ever put on, but when the call comes in they have to act.
Even today proved to be unpredictable. After serving eviction notices, federal agents requested the help of these county servants to assist with brining in a suspect found driving a suspicious vehicle. It only took about 15 minutes, and the constables had stopped the vehicle and identified a human smuggling suspect.
The suspect today went with authorities calmly, but this isn't always the case.
"You speak to them having some kind of compassion, they know where you are coming from and then they will work with you," said Sanchez. "And then you get some of those that you can speak to them with compassion and they are not going to move, they are going to stay there and lock themselves in."
With yesterday's deadly shooing, Constable Guerra said keeping each of his deputies safe is a priority. But Constable Guerra even goes a step further than most, he is also thinking of paying his respects.
"Since I am going to take my daughters up to Texas A &M, I am going to see when the services are and if it is pretty close in the week, I will probably attend the services," said Guerra.
Sanchez won't be going, he will continue on the job, but will keep the thought of his fallen fellow constable in the back of his mind.