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Vigil held for Dallas firefighter killed Monday; funeral scheduled

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Loved ones gathered for a small vigil in Southwest Dallas for a firefighter killed in the line of duty Monday night.

Firefighters, neighbors, and other community members gathered at Fire Station 12 to remember William Scott Tanksley.

Fire Chief Louie Bright and state senator Royce West were also on hand to remember the 14-year veteran.

Tanksley was hit by a car on an icy overpass while working a crash, and was knocked over the guardrail at the I-20/Spur 408 Interchange.

He fell more than 50 feet onto an exit ramp below.

Even those who didn't know Tanksley felt a need to honor his memory.

Tanksley's family says his uncle inspired him to become a firefighter after an injury ended his minor league baseball career.

They say he loved his job and loved coaching youth baseball team, which was called the Heroes because many of the parents were firefighters and teachers.

Funeral services will be held at the Terrell ISD Performing Arts Center on Monday at 10 a.m. A burial will be held afterward at Restland Cemetery in Dallas.

Tanksley is survived by three children and his wife.

People wanting to make donations can send them to the following place:

City Credit Union

William Tanksley, Account # 1775670-1

Or mailed to:

Chaplain's Services

1551 Baylor Street, Suite 200

Dallas, TX 75226

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