AUSTIN (KXAN) — Law enforcement agencies from around the country are offering their condolences to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, after the loss of Deputy Jessica Hollis. Many of those agencies are sending officers to Austin to pay their respects, potentially thousands. At a visitation for Deputy Hollis on Tuesday, sheriff’s deputies were joined by the Austin Police Department, as well as other officers from around the region.
Chief Deputy Jim Sylvester with TCSO, remembers Deputy Hollis fondly, “Oh ya, very brave, very brave. Very physically fit, very street-smart, very savvy, she was the whole package.”
Saying goodbye to any fellow officer is never easy.
“We know everyday we go to work we may not come home to our loved ones,” said Sylvester. “So there’s that sense of bond, brotherhood and sisterhood within the law enforcement.”
The U.S. Honor flag also traveled to Travis County for Deputy Hollis. It left from Dallas, and made its way through several counties, so officers across the state could touch and salute it.
“She valiantly wanted to protect her community and the effort she was trying to do, she gave her life,” said Chris Heisler, president and founder of the U.S. Honor Flag.
Her sacrifice is being honored all across the country.
“From Delaware, New York, Washington, California, almost every state across the country has sent an email, phone message, text message of condolence of our loss.”
Roughly 200 Travis County Sheriff’s patrol units are expected at Wednesday’s funeral. Smaller cities around the county will help with any major calls if needed.
“The number of resources that have been dedicated and want to dedicate to make sure we honor Deputy Jessica Hollis in the way she should be honored, has been humbling,” said Sylvester.
“Whether you wear a badge or carry a hose, these men and women are to be honored for the sacrifices they’ve made,” said Heisler.
On Wednesday, KXAN has been graciously allowed to live stream the service for those law enforcement members and people in the community who wish to pay their respects but cannot attend. We will begin showing the service at 10 a.m. on KXAN.com.