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Crossroads ceremony honors those who made ultimate sacrifice

Sonny Long

May 17, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.

Sgt. Eline Moya salutes during the memorial for fallen officers at city hall Tuesday. The event was  to honor law enforcement officers who have died  in the line of duty.

Even more than 27 years after his brother's death, Domingo Robles continues to attend the annual fallen peace officers memorial ceremony.

"They served the people and deserve our respect," Robles said.

His brother, Fernando Robles, was a detective in the Victoria Police Department. He was breaking up a fight in a business parking lot on Sept. 17, 1983, when he suffered a heart attack, said his brother. He died in the hospital three days later.

"It was a Saturday afternoon. It was his day off, but he believed policemen are on duty all the time," said Robles, of Bloomington.

"A lot of people hate the police, but they are here to protect us, not hurt us," Robles added.

Officers from the Victoria Police Department, Victoria County Sheriff's Office, members of the Victoria Civilian Police Academy and other law enforcement representatives attended Tuesday's ceremony at Victoria City Hall.

Speakers included Victoria Mayor Will Armstrong and Victoria County Judge Don Pozzi.

Both the city council and county commissioners court passed resolutions honoring peace officers for their "valor, service and dedication" and naming May 15-21 "Peace Officers Week" and May 15 "Peace Officers Memorial Day."

Armstrong addressed the gathering.

"When I look out and see the faces of the people in uniform, it makes me proud," said the mayor. "You're part of a team. You are not only our protectors, you are our ambassadors. We're forever grateful for your service."

Pozzi also praised the officers.

"We are ever mindful of your daily service," said the judge. "We in city and county government realize and recognize what you do on a daily basis as you perform your duties in protection of the citizens of this community.

"Today, on this special day, may God watch over you, bless you and always protect you, and be with you always as you serve us on a daily basis and put your lives on the line," said Pozzi, who has taken part in the fallen officers ceremony for nine years. "It's an honor and privilege for me to be here. Thank you for all you do for us. You are most appreciated."

Victoria County Sheriff's Capt. Herb Tucker read a roll call of Texas officers that have died in the line of duty in 2010 and 2011. He also read a list of all Victoria-related officers who have lost their lives, the first in 1893 and, most recently, Sheriff's Office Sgt. Timothy Olsovsky in 2009.

Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor and Roy Boyd, Victoria assistant police chief, placed a wreath at the flag pole in front of city hall, where the flag had been lowered to half staff as taps played.



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