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Crime Watch: Fallen Officers Memorial


Austin Police officers who died in the line of duty will now have permanent reminders of their sacrifice.
Granite markers will soon go up at the sites where the men and women lost their lives.
Former Assistant APD Chief, Bruce Mills, thinks it’s a good idea.
One of his good friends and fellow officers is one of those fallen heroes.
Ralph Ablanedo died after being gunned down during a traffic stop in 1978.
Mills was the first on the scene after David Lee Powell fired his AK 47 from inside the car, and hit Ablanedo.
He described the moments before Ablanedo passed away.
"He's on the ground, and he's conscious, I'm trying to help him, he's in pain. I'm taking his gun belt off and trying to get him to where he can breathe. Things were happening so fast, I was trying to ask him what happened and he was telling me, he described the car, it was a mustang."
Ablanedo had pulled over Powell's girlfriend, Sheila Meinert, off South Live Oak, for not having a rear license tag.
He then ran a check on Powell, who had warrants for misdemeanor theft and hot checks.
As Officer Ablanedo spoke on his radio, Powell opened fire with a fully automatic AK-47, penetrating Ablanedo's bulletproof vest.
One of those bullets hit the curb.
That mark still exists.
Powell opened fire on a second officer when he was stopped a short time later, and also tossed a hand grenade, which failed to explode.
Powell was eventually convicted of murder and sentenced to death.
A South Austin street in Ablanedo's name honors the officer.
But now, 32 years later, a granite monument will mark the spot where Ablanedo lost his life.
There will be memorials for all 20 fallen APD officers.
Mills says, "This is a tremendous gesture to have not only Ralph but all officers that again have made that ultimate sacrifice to be memorialized."
APD officer, Jason Huskins, says "I don't feel a lot of times people realize this job at the end of the day you may not go home."
These memorials are his idea.
Like Mills, Huskins' lost a fellow officer and friend in the line of the duty.
Amy Donovan was killed when she was accidentally struck by a police cruiser during a foot chase in 2004.
"I already had this idea and then when she got killed four months out of the academy, it's kind of like, I've got to make this happen you know."
These markers will serve as permanent reminders of what can happen when Austin’s finest pay the ultimate price.
Rockdale Memorials is donating all the granite markers.
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