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Gilmer with his daughter in August 2006.
In it's 115 year history, the rural town of Rocksprings, Texas (population 1290) has only encountered two devastating events that have tested the character and fortitude of the people in this community. The first event, April 12, 1927, was an F5 tornado over 1 mile wide, that virtually wiped the city "off the map" by destroying 235 of the town's 247 buildings.
The second catastrophe occurred December 1,2006 when Edwards County Sheriff's Deputy Gilmer Hernandez was de-humanized and humiliated in a conviction stemming from an incident involving an illegal immigrant.
It is noteworthy, that in both events, the people of Rocksprings and Edwards County joined together to overcome the obstacles thrown before them.
Picture above is one of the many rallies of support for Deputy Gilmer Hernandez that have been held since his conviction in December 2006.