Barbara Fenley was 51 years old and a sergeant in the sheriff’s office.
CISCO, Texas— Editor’s Note: The video posted above is a WFAA report from last week when we spoke to Fenley’s son Jon. The video will be updated with the story about Fenley’s funeral after it airs.
Friends, family and the Eastland community gathered Wednesday to honor the life of Barbara Fenley, a deputy for the Eastland County Sheriff’s Office who died last week trying to save others in the Texas wildfires.
Fenley was 51 years old and a sergeant in the sheriff’s office.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers also came from across the country to honor the fallen MP.
Last week, WFAA spoke to Fenley’s son Jon.
“She was out there helping,” Jon Fenley told the WFAA. “I just think it got to the point where it wasn’t enough for her. I feel like she felt like she wasn’t doing enough for being like that.”
According to the sheriff’s office and her son, Fenley was walking to an elderly resident in the Gorman area when her vehicle went off the road and was engulfed in flames. Fenley told the WFAA that he became concerned when his mother didn’t answer his call after she didn’t return home. The next day he received a call that his mother had been found.
“I got a call and they said they found the car and all that stuff,” said Jon Fenley. “Since I know everything, I’m proud of her. She made the ultimate sacrifice to help people. That’s the biggest thing I want people to know.”
Barbara Fenley’s funeral was held at the Myrtle Wilks building in Cisco.