AUSTIN (KXAN) - The surviving family of Austin Police Lt. Clay Crabb will benefit from a new clause in the police agreement with the city that mandates police association dues be directed to the family of any active duty officer who is killed.
Under the Austin Police Association's new, four-year agreement that went into effect Oct 1, any time an officer dies, member officers must contribute half their monthly dues ($10 or $20.) in the month following the officer's death to a fund for the surviving family.
"This is a way for officers to contribute something right away," Wayne Vincent, President of the Association told KXAN. Lt. Crabb's family will be the first beneficiaries.
He expects this will mean about $25-30,000 will be directed to Lt Crabb's wife and three children, aged 9, 7 and 4.
Thursday Police Chief Art Acevedo declared Lt. Crabb's traffic death a day earlier happened in the line of duty. At the time of Thursday's morning collision on Hwy 290 in Hays County he was in uniform, driving a city police car and on call.
APD can now apply on the family's behalf for state and federal programs that offer significant payouts to spouses of officers who have died on the job. Each program has its own criteria.
The Crabb family may also see some benefit from the charity the Association oversees: austincopsforcharities.com
"We've seen this happen all too often here over the last couple of years," Vincent said. "We continue to make sure we have enough resources to help when the need comes."
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A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.