Pictured above, from left, Steve
Westbrook, Executive Director of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas,
Sheriff Greg Taylor, Sgt. Tabitha Frawner, Deputy Brad Colman and Tom
Maddox, Sabine County Sheriff and President of the Sheriff’s Association of Texas.
Anderson County Deputy Brad Colman and Sgt. Tabitha Frawner were
honored by the Sheriff’s Association of Texas for distinguished service
in the line of duty Thursday in a ceremony at the Anderson County
Coleman was presented the association’s Texas
Lawman of the Year Award and Frawner the Peacemaker Award, by Executive
Director Steve Westbrook and Tom Maddox, Sabine County Sheriff and
President of the Association.
These awards are typically presented
at the Association’s annual conference held in July, however, due to
the COVID-19 the conference was canceled.
Surrounded by their law enforcement family, the officers received plaques and monetary awards during the ceremony.
who was wounded in the Oct. 19 shootout between Coleman and suspect
Terry Lee Countryman Jr. at Hickory Ridge Mobile Home Park, received a
Purple Heart and a Medal of Valor; Frawner received a Lifesaving medal.
Colman was investigating a vehicle that Countryman had allegedly stolen earlier in the day.
is credited with saving Colman’s life. Frawner used her handheld radio
cord as a makeshift tourniquet until Trooper Leonard Sanidfer with the
Department of Public Safety arrived with an actual tourniquet for
Colman’s leg, where he was shot, before EMS took him to the hospital.
underwent several surgeries on his leg. He was released from UT Health
in Tyler in early December, after nearly seven weeks of treatment.
Colman is doing well, but he is still recuperating and has not yet returned to duty.
Countryman, 34, of Palestine, shot Colman, he stole Colman's squad car
and fled. A state trooper found Countryman near FM 2330 and County Road
458 later that day. After Countryman pointed a rifle at the trooper, the
trooper fired his service weapon, wounding the suspect. Countryman
later died at Palestine Regional Medical Center, Texas Rangers reported.
The trooper who shot him was uninjured.
The Sheriffs' Association
of Texas is one of the oldest law enforcement associations in the
nation. The Sheriffs' Association of Texas met for the first time on
August 14, 1874, in the courthouse in Corsicana.