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Funeral today for Dallas firefighter killed last week

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A Dallas firefighter killed in the line of duty was honored on Monday at a funeral service.

William Scott Tanksley, 40, was hit by a car last week while working a wreck on an icy overpass and knocked over the guardrail at the I-20/Spur 408 Interchange in Southwest Dallas.

More than 1,000 people, mostly firefighters, attended the funeral service at the Terrell ISD Performing Arts Center on Monday morning.

"His spirit remains alive as you continue your journey. God Bless the entire family of William Scott Tanksley," Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright said during the service.

Dallas City Manager A.C. Gonzalez said Tanksley "gave it all to help protect us without being ordered" so others might be safe.

The service was followed by a 35-mile procession to Restland Cemetery in Dallas. Engine No. 12 from the fire station where Tanksley was assigned carried the casket in the procession.

People lined up along the route in tribute to Tanksley, some waving flags and others with their heads bowed in prayer.

Tanksley was laid to rest in the Field of Honor at Restland, an area of the cemetery reserved for first responders killed in the line of duty.

Tanksley is survived by his wife and three children.

He worked at Station 12. Tanksley played baseball in the minors as a young adult, and coached a youth baseball team. The team is called the "Heroes" because many of the children's parents are firefighters and teachers.

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