AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Police Department on Monday honored a fallen officer who died in a traffic crash last month.
Senior APD Officer Anthony “Tony” Martin enrolled in the department’s 112th Cadet Class in September 2006, before he was commissioned as an officer in April 2007, per APD. His work with the department included positions on APD’s patrol, DWI unit and motors divisions.
“I have endless memories that I hold in my heart but sadly that is all that I have now. Dads are someone who hold your hand for a moment, but your heart for a lifetime,” Martin’s daughter Ashley said.
“Part of me is still waiting to see him pull up in our driveway. I’d give anything to tell him how much he really meant to me,” Martin’s daughter Mary Jo said.
Prior to serving with APD, Martin had spent 20 years enlisted in the United States Air Force.
“Please understand, that we lose more people in this community to traffic fatalities, than we do to violent crime. That is what makes his work even more important. He worked night shifts, some of the toughest shifts to work so that he could be out there when he knew that intoxicated drivers were out there, so that he could get them off the streets and that they would not be able to harm anyone,” APD Police Chief Joseph Chacon said of Martin.
APD held a public visitation on Monday from 10-11 a.m. at Hill Country Bible Church, located at 12124 RR 620 N. in Austin. A public funeral service took place afterward from 11 a.m. to noon at the church.
APD recognized Martin with full law enforcement honors on the front lawn of the church following Monday’s service.
Prior to both services, APD officers took part in a law enforcement procession from Cook Walden Funeral Home off North Lamar Boulevard at 7 a.m. Monday.
Martin will be interred at the Texas State Veterans Cemetery after Monday’s funeral, located at 7457 W. Lake Rd. in Abilene.
Martin is survived by his parents, wife, three children and one granddaughter. Austin Cops 4 Charities continues to accept donations online for Martin’s family.