Photo by Steve Nash

Abilene Police Department honor guard members fold an American flag after removing it from former Brownwood police Sgt. Tom Bates’ casket Wednesday at Eastlawn Cemetery. Bates, 55, died Dec. 10 in Juneau, Alaska, where he had been working as a police officer since 2002. Bates was buried at Eastlawn after a graveside service attended by a large group of law enforcement officials.