NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches County commissioners held a special meeting to propose naming parts of two highways after NCSO deputy Bradley Jimmerson and Sergeant Tom Sitton.
“Both of these men were tragically taken from us far too soon, and they gave the ultimate sacrifice," Sheriff Jason Bridges said at the meeting. "They were both fine men, good gentlemen, outstanding police officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.”
“We wanted to do this to honor these two law enforcement officers that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of this county,” said County Judge Greg Sowell.
Sowell said that after a few months and some fund raising, signs bearing the names of these men will remind all who drive by of their sacrifice.
“The process of dedicating a memorial highway, of course, the final say is with Texas Department of Transportation, along with state legislature, but the first step in that is having a resolution from the commissioners court of the county in support of that,” Sowell said
The plan calls for State Highway 21 to be named after Sitton, who was shot and killed in the line of duty in 1996.
“It’s been 20 years now. It seems like yesterday," said Pam Latham, Sitton’s sister. " He’ll be remembered forever as long as the signs are there.”
U.S. Highway 259 would be named after Jimmerson, who was struck and killed while removing debris from the road in October of last year.
“It means a lot that everyone’s come together," said Tiffany Layton, Jimmerson’s fiance. “I just miss him. I miss him a whole lot.”
“They were great men," Sowell said. "While we grieve for their families, we honor their memory.”
Again, the Texas Department of Transportation has to approve the resolution before the highways can be renamed. Sowell said the process may take several months.