CORSICANA -- In a small town, it was a big show of love and support for a fallen officer and his family this afternoon.

Residents lined the roadside as Officer Brent Thompson was brought home.

"I feel like a lot of the people in town, they have respect for police officers," said Leonard Bates, 81, who sat on the back of his car parked alongside Business 45.

"My heart just dropped. It was terrible," said Corsicana native Brittney Daggs, who saw the news and immediately recognized an officer she knew.

Before serving in Dallas, Thompson protected the people in his hometown. He began his law enforcement career here, and served as part of the city's SWAT team, the Navarro County Sheriff's Department, and the Corsicana Independent School District's police department.

Many along the parade route remembered Thompson from when he was in their school hallways growing up.

"He was a nice guy. He was always interacting and talking," said McKenzie Rash, who recognized Thompson as her school police officer.

Today, Rash brought her own two boys, who created signs to hold along the procession route. Her five year old son, Trace, said he wants to be a cop when he grows up.

"Cause I want to help people," he said.

The procession started in Dallas and moved down I-45. Corsicana's police chief, the county sheriff and the school district police chief all escorted the fallen officer and his family.

As the procession passed through town, there was only the sound of sirens and the sign of tears, as people captured the moment on their cell phones to share with the world and show what Officer Thompson means to them.

"It almost brought me to tears. It's so sad," said Rash. "But it's also heartwarming to know that so many people care, and we all came out to show him that he didn't die for no reason. We all remember what he did and we're thankful for it."