Woman remembers her uncle at ceremony (w/video)
May 15, 2014 at 12:15 a.m.
Victoria Law Enforcement Memorial Service
Victoria County Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor shares his thoughts on a memorial service at DeLeon Park in Victoria on Thursday morning.
VICTORIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
• Sgt. Timothy Gerard Olsovsky, Oct. 7, 2009Cause: Heart attack
• Sgt. Terry Lee Jaynes, Dec. 29, 1989Cause: Automobile accident
• Deputy Sheriff Richard Kyle Hardesty Jr., June 5, 1975Cause: Car struck by train
• Deputy Sheriff Walter Murray Kibbe, July 24, 1911Cause: Gunfire
VICTORIA POLICE DEPARTMENT
• Detective Sgt. Fernando G. Robles Sr., Sept. 20, 1983Cause: Heart attack
• Deputy City Marshal Louis W. Ahlers, Aug. 8, 1893Cause: Gunfire
• Policeman Silas Benjamin Newcomb, Dec. 18, 1866Cause: Gunfire
Linda Robles still remembers the day in 1983 when her uncle, a Victoria police officer, suffered a fatal heart attack shortly after breaking up a fight in the mall parking lot.
"He was coming to see me to change his oil. It was a Saturday evening," Robles said.
Her uncle, Sgt. Fernando Robles, was one of the fallen law enforcement officers recognized Thursday at a ceremony in DeLeon Plaza.
He died three days after he broke up the fight, she said. Robles comes to the fallen peace officer ceremony every year. But this year means more; this year, she is 52, the same age her uncle was when he died.
"The day when it happened, I blamed myself. If I would have been home, he wouldn't have gone to the mall," she said.
Robles is turning 53 in a couple weeks.
"I made it past 52. I'm doing good," Robles said.
Victoria County Judge Don Pozzi read a Victoria County commissioners court resolution at Thursday's ceremony proclaiming the day Peace Officers Memorial Day.
In 2013, 105 law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide, 13 from the state of Texas, according to the resolution. Two officers from the state of Texas have been killed so far this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website.
"Law enforcement officers play an essential role as defenders of our rights and freedom by safeguarding life and property and by protecting us against violence, disorder, deception and oppression," according to the resolution.
Robles now works at a convenience store in Bloomington where law enforcement officers frequent.
"They're all great. They're all here to take care of us," Robles said.