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Coyote Ridge Honor Guard helps pay final respects to fallen Texas Correctional Officer

September 14, 2015

By Lt. Mike Hanratty,

Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

Sgt. Mewes, St. Manke in honor guard dress uniforms

Sgt. Mewes, far left, and St. Manke, second from left, participated in the funeral services of fallen Texas Correctional Officer Timothy Davison.

CONNELL – Coyote Ridge Corrections Center’s Honor Guard had the distinguished honor to represent the Washington State Department of Corrections and all Washingtonians at the funeral services for fallen Correctional Officer Timothy Davison of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC). Officer Davison was killed July 15, 2015 after being assaulted by an inmate at the Barry Telford Unit in New Boston, Texas. Officer Davison is survived by his former wife Stephanie, and daughters Maya and Olivia.

Funeral services were held on July 25, 2015 in New Boston, Texas and were attended by Sgt. Michelle Manke and Sgt. Forrest Mewes of the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center’s Honor Guard. Sgt. Manke said the service was attended by several law enforcement and corrections staff from around the country.

“It was an honor to be there to show our respects to a fallen officer and to show his family that he was a member of one big family,” Sgt. Manke said.

Sgt. Manke also spent some time with the family of Officer Davison the evening before the service. During this time Stephanie and Michelle talked about the Honor Guard function and about Officer Davison and the impact he had on their children.

About a month after the service, Sgt. Manke received a thank you card from Stephanie, Maya, and Olivia telling her how much she appreciated their talk and how much she appreciated Washington DOC being at the service. When tragic events happen to members of the DOC family, it’s nice to know there are so many brothers and sisters looking out for us and supporting us during these tough times.