It was a bittersweet day for the people who gathered at the memorial ceremony. They say even though deputy Evans lost his life a year ago, his memory lives on.
"We thank God for the memory of Bruce, and the legislature passing this bill so that the highway could be renamed after him," Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd said. "That way, his memory never fades."
The sign naming the highway after Evans marks the area where the deputy lived, where he served, and where he lost his life, something that's been hard for his love ones to handle.
"We just kinda go day by day," Kristi Evans said. "We just get up every morning and do what we have to do. But you kinda have to be strong for the kids too. And they're doing really good though, they're strong for me."
A flag that flew at half staff at the Jackson County Court house represented the somberness of this day. Co-workers say no one is more deserving of such a special tribute.
"You can best describe Bruce as a servant to the public," Sheriff Byrd said. "In the true sense of the words, a servant. He loved his family very deeply, and he loved his profession very deeply."
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