WACO, Texas (KXAN) - The line to get into Thursday's memorial service honoring the West first responders stretched a couple of blocks hours before the service began.
"It is a privilege to be here to honor," said Cathy Reynolds. "I wouldn't be anywhere else today."
Caskets for the 12 fallen firefighters were laid before the stage at the Ferrell Center and there were very few empty seats to be found once the service began.
Many of those seats were filled with uniformed officers.
But outside the arena, hundreds of more people were lined along the streets of the procession route.
"I'm a retired firefighter and I feel like I lost some brothers the other night," said Mark Turner as he held a large Texas flag.
Turner's flag was one of many being waved around as fire truck after fire truck from across the state filled the street leading to the Ferrell Center.
Much of the crowd showed up to the service to see President Barack Obama speak , but others believe the focus should remain on the ones being honored.
"The President is the President," said one woman waiting along the procession route. "But we are here to show respect for the heroes who gave their life."
More than 100 trees covered in lights now shine bright throughout Zilker Park. The Trail of Lights is open for another season.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg heads to court this week as a defendant in a civil trial that could oust her from office.
Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.