LCSO gets donation, will start memorial fund


XTO Energy production foreman Branden Monico presents a $5,000 donation on behalf of the company to Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson at the June 9 meeting of the Limestone County commissioners court. Wilson said he planned to combine the funds with private donations to build a memorial at the Sheriff’s Office to fallen officers. Shown here seated, l-r, are Commissioners Bobby Forrest, Jerry Allen, William ‘Pete’ Kirven and John McCarver; standing, l-r, are County Judge Daniel Burkeen, Monico and Wilson. Mexia News photo/Roxanne McKnight

Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson plans to create a memorial to fallen officers starting with a $5,000 donation XTO Energy made to the Sheriff’s Office at last week’s meeting.
Branden Monico, a production foreman for XTO, presented the check at the June 9 commissioners court meeting, and the court accepted it for the record, which is a requirement of donations to a county entity.
Wilson explained to the court that when Monico told him several months ago that the company wanted to make the donation, he told Monico the steps to take.
“I feel very honored and blessed that XTO chose the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office to recognize and honor with their donation,” Wilson said.
“We lost an officer in 2002, and he got killed in the line of duty; and we’ve never properly had a memorial in place that was a long-lasting memorial,” Wilson said. “What I’d like to do is take that money and go out in the community and ask for additional donations to erect a memorial at the Sheriff’s Office.”
Wilson assured the court that no county money would be used, only the money from XTO and privately donated funds.
“It’s to build a monument area in recognition of not only Steve Davenport,” Wilson said, referring to the fallen officer. “We want to add the names of all those we recognize that have been killed in the line of duty.”

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