Nearly ten years later, the Spur 408 exit ramp above Interstate 20 was renamed in memory of fallen Dallas firefighter William Tanksley. Family members and other first responders gathered there.
The solemn ceremony, in a way, happened on October 7.
The Firefighter William Scott Tanksley Memorial Bridge now serves as a poignant remembrance of Tanksley’s tremendous sacrifice on February 10, 2014. The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department veteran who had served for 14 years at the time was killed on that chilly winter day when he was thrown from the overpass and onto the freeway. When it occurred, he was assisting a stranded driver.
Investigators at the time concluded that Tanksley was struck by another car on the ramp that was moving too quickly.
Tanksley had three children and was married at the time of his passing. He was hailed as a devoted father, beloved coach, and inspiration.
“He loved his job, people, his family, his coworkers and they loved him,” Scott’s uncle, Tom Tanksley told CBS News Texas in 2014.