Emotions run high at service for Dallas firefighter

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by TODD UNGER

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WFAA

Posted on February 16, 2014 at 10:48 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 17 at 2:00 AM

MABANK — Hundreds of friends, family members and fellow firefighters stopped by a local funeral home on Sunday evening to pay their respects to Dallas firefighter William Scott Tanksley, who died in the line of duty last week.

At least 300 guests were greeted by saluting firefighters standing shoulder-to-shoulder.

Many of the guests hugged and fought back tears as they remembered the husband and father of three.

At one point, the line out the front door snaked around the back of Eubanks Cedar Creek Funeral Home.

Tanksley fell from the Spur 408 overpass during Monday night's ice storm while helping at an accident scene.

A public memorial service will be held at the Terrell Performing Arts Center at 10 a.m. Monday.

A procession will then travel up Highway 205 to Interstate 30, and then to LBJ Freeway before Tanksley is laid to rest at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

Firefighters from at least a dozen departments, and even some from out of state, are expected to attend the service and line the procession route.

Traffic will be impacted starting around 11 a.m. on the major roads. Some streets in Terrell will close early in the morning.

E-mail tunger@wfaa.com

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