A local home builder honored the heroic actions of a late citizen and a Corpus Christi police officer. Braselton Homes is recognizing Winston Lawrence, “W.L.,” Breeding and Officer Russell “Russ” Sherman by naming two southside streets after them for their courage and bravery. “W.L. Breeding” Drive will intersect with “Russ” Lane.
The ceremony took place Saturday, July 13, 2013, at 9 a.m. in the 7700 block of Slough Road, behind Zachary Kolda Elementary, 3730 Rodd Field Road. Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez and U.S. Congressman Blake Farenthold took part in the event.
On November 2, 2004, Officer Russell Sherman was patrolling in the area of the 8000 block of South Padre Island Drive looking for suspects involved in a bank robbery at the Alice National Bank in the 1800 block of S. Staples Street. Officer Sherman spotted the vehicle and its occupants traveling along S.P.I.D. and pulled it over. While questioning the suspects, one broke away and jumped 20 feet from an elevated portion of the highway, and took off running on the access road.
Corpus Christi citizen, W.L. Breeding, a Vietnam Veteran and retired Arlington police officer, saw Capt. Sherman was in need of assistance and bravely, without hesitation, pursued the suspect in his own vehicle. Regrettably, upon making contact, Breeding was shot and killed. The suspect then attempted to take off in Breeding’s vehicle. With no regard to his personal safety, Officer Sherman jumped the same 20-foot embankment as the suspect, ran 50 to 75 yards, without the benefit of cover or concealment, engaged the suspect and stopped the threat.
Officer Sherman, a longtime patrol officer, was awarded the Medal of Valor for his actions. He was recently appointed captain and is part of the successful team of officers reorganizing the City’s Animal Care Services.