Tammy Mutasa, NBC 5 Mesquite Reporter
Senior Corporal Recardo "Ricky" Trejo was killed in a head-on crash while on his way home to North Texas.
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon for a Dallas police officer who was killed in a car crash in South Texas during the holiday weekend.
Hundreds of family, friends and colleagues remembered 54-year-old Senior Cpl. Recardo "Ricky" Trejo during the service at the Divine Mercy Our Lord Catholic Church in Mesquite.
Trejo, who was with the Dallas Police Department for more than three decades, left behind a legacy of service and dedication.
"He's in my heart, he will always be in my heart; a very special man to many many people," said his cousin, Rosa Garza.
Trejo was killed in a head-on collision near San Antonio while he was heading back home to North Texas after spending Thanksgiving with family.
"He just walked in the room and lit up a room," Garza said. "He had a smile that just brightened up a room, didn't have a lot of negative things to say. He was very special."
Trejo was a 36-year veteran of the department who was assigned to the Southeast Division and was a school liaison officer at Woodrow Wilson High School.
Dallas Police Chief David Brown said Trejo got his start at the department as a cadet. He called Trejo "one of the most dedicated officers to this profession, to this job, to this city.
"He has a family that is very very deeply hurt behind this loss, tragically," he said.
Trejo is survived by two daughters.