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[APD Officer Traylor Funeral Service on August 9, 2021.]

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GOOD MORNING EVERYONE.

AND WELCOME.

MY NAME IS PASTOR SAM MATA FROM SHORELINE CHURCH.

AND ON BEHALF OF THIS FAMILY AND OUR SENIOR PASTORS, PASTORS, ROBIN, LAURA COKE, THE REST OF OUR SHORELINE FAMILY AND OUR COMMUNITY.

WE WANT TO SAY THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE TO SUPPORT THIS WONDERFUL FAMILY, OUR MOST SINCERE AND DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO YOU.

WE HAVE BEEN PRAYING FOR YOU AND WE'LL CONTINUE TO DO SO AS A COMMUNITY, AS A CHURCH, AS A FAMILY.

AND I KNOW THAT THEY ARE VERY GRATEFUL FOR ALL YOUR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT, YOUR LOVE, YOUR SUPPORT, AND MOST OF ALL, YOUR PRAYERS THROUGH THIS VERY DIFFICULT TIME, WE WILL CONTINUE TO BE PRAYING FOR THEM.

UH, JUST AS A REMINDER TODAY, AFTER THE SERVICES ARE CONCLUDED, HEB HAS GENEROUSLY PROVIDED LUNCH FOR EVERYONE THAT IS ATTENDING HERE TODAY.

SO AFTER WE ARE CONCLUDED TODAY, YOU'RE WELCOME TO ATTEND OVER AT THE WEST SIDE OF THE FACILITY.

AND NOW THERE'LL BE SOME CHAIRS AND TABLES SET UP IN THE CHAPEL.

IF YOU WANT TO COME IN OUT OF THE HEAT FOR JUST A MOMENT AND ENJOY YOUR LUNCH, UH, GOD BLESS YOU OPEN UP YOUR HEARTS.

I BELIEVE HE WANTS TO DO SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL AND IMPORTANT IN ALL OF YOU.

MAY HE COMFORT YOU AS ONLY HE CAN.

GOD BLESS YOU.

GRACE AND PEACE TO YOU FROM GOD, OUR FATHER AND THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.

WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS PLACE AND IN THIS SPACE BEFORE WAY TOO MANY TIMES, WE'RE REMINDED OF TWO THINGS.

THE FIRST IS THAT THIS IS A DANGEROUS PROFESSION.

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT MEN AND WOMEN GOING OUT EVERY DAY TO RISK THEIR LIVES FOR THE SAKE OF THIS CITY, THEIR COMMUNITY, THIS IS A GRIM REMINDER OF JUST HOW REAL AND COSTLY THAT STATEMENT IS.

BUT THE SECOND THING WE ARE REMINDED OF IS THAT WHEN WE SAY THIS IS AN HONORABLE PROFESSION, THE PROOF OF THAT IS NOWHERE MORE VISIBLE AND PLAINLY SEEN THAN AT TIMES LIKE THIS.

AT TIMES LIKE THIS, WE DEMONSTRATE THE HONOR, THE RESPECT AND THE VALUE THAT CHARACTERIZES THE THIN BLUE LINE.

FEW, UNDERSTAND IT.

FEWER STILL HAVE THE CHARACTER AND THE COURAGE TO BE PART OF IT.

BUT WE DEMONSTRATE HERE TODAY THAT IT IS REAL, THAT IT EXISTS FOR THIS FAMILY TODAY, TOMORROW, AND FOR THE REST OF LIVES.

CAN WE JOIN OUR HEARTS TOGETHER IN PRAYER? OH LORD, OUR GOD, THE GIVER OF LIFE AND LOVING FATHER GRANT US.

WE PRAY THIS DAY, YOUR PRESENCE AND YOUR PEACE IN THIS PLACE.

WE COME TO YOU IN THIS TIME OF REMEMBRANCE AND MEMORIAL AS THE ONE WHO KNOWS US BEST AND WHO CARRIES OUR EVERY BURDEN.

YOU WILL LORD OUR STRENGTH TO THE WEAK REFRESHMENT FOR THE WEARY, THE COMFORT OF THE SAD, THE HELP FOR THE TEMPTED AND THE GOD OF ALL COMPASSION AND CONSTELLATION HAVE MERCY UPON US.

WE PRAY GUIDE US TODAY WITH YOUR LOVE AND YOUR MERCY AND GRACE HELP US TO MAINTAIN OUR HOPE AND OUR TRUST IN YOU ABOVE ALL.

LORD, WE ASK THAT YOU WOULD STRENGTHEN US ALL IN YOUR GLORIOUS MIGHT AND MAY YOUR SPIRIT LEAD US AND GUARD OUR HEARTS THIS DAY.

WE PRAY IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST.

OUR LORD, AMEN.

THE WORDS OF THE PSALMIST FROM PSALM 62, I INVITE YOU TO PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE PHRASES THAT HE REPEATS OVER AND OVER FOR US.

MY SOUL FINDS REST IN GOD ALONE.

MY SALVATION COMES FROM HIM.

HE ALONE IS MY ROCK AND MY SALVATION.

HE IS MY FORTRESS.

I WILL NEVER BE SHAKEN.

FIND REST, OH MY SOUL IN GOD ALONE.

MY HOPE COMES FROM HIM.

HE ALONE IS MY ROCK AND MY SALVATION, MY FORTRESS, I WILL NOT BE SHAKEN MY SALVATION AND MY HONOR DEPEND ON GOD.

HE IS MY MIGHTY ROCK AND MY REFUGE.

THEN HE INVITES US TRUST IN HIM AT ALL TIMES.

OH, PEOPLE POUR OUT YOUR HEARTS TO HIM FOR GOD IS OUR REFUGE.

ONE THING GOD HAS SPOKEN TWO THINGS.

HAVE I HEARD THAT YOU,

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OH, GOD ARE STRONG.

AND THAT YOU ALL LORD ARE LOVING.

SURELY YOU WILL REWARD EACH PERSON.

ACCORDING TO WHAT HE'S DONE.

LOUIS ANDREW, ANDY TRAYLOR WAS BORN MARCH 22ND, 1984 IN BUFFALO, TEXAS.

HE DIED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, JULY 31ST, 2021 AT 37 YEARS OF AGE, HE WAS A GRADUATE OF FAIRFIELD HIGH SCHOOL AND A PROUD VETERAN OF THE UNITED STATES NAVY, WHERE HE SERVED AS A SUBMARINER.

HE WAS A SENIOR POLICE OFFICER FOR THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT FOR OVER NINE YEARS.

THOSE WHO KNOW ANDY KNOW THAT HE TOOK GREAT PRIDE IN BEING A HUSBAND, FATHER, AND MOST, ESPECIALLY IN SERVING HIS COUNTRY AND HIS COMMUNITY.

ANDY MARRIED MELISSA, THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE ON APRIL 2ND, 2005.

HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, MELISSA, THEIR CHILDREN, HALEY ADDISON, BLAKE, LOGAN, AND TEAGAN, HIS MOTHER, TAMMY LUCIA, HIS FATHER, ROBERT LINTON, HIS GRANDMOTHER, WANDA SMITH, HIS GRANDFATHER, CLIFFORD JONES, HIS SISTERS, MEGAN TO FRANCE, KATIE BAKER AND SARAH BURKHALTER, HIS BROTHER REESE AND HIS IN-LAWS DAVID DOUGLAS AND SUE DOUGLAS, SANDRA STRACK, LISA AND DAVID LITTLE AND TIFFANY STRACK, DUSTIN BURKHALTER, NICK BAKER, AND MICHAEL DE FRANCE.

THIS TIME I WOULD LIKE TO INVITE UP FOR HIS REMARKS, CHIEF JOSEPH CHACONNE, AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, CHIEF .

I START OFF MY COMMENTS THIS MORNING WITH, UH, RECOGNIZING AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS ISSUED A DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD IN HIS HONOR FOR HIS 10 YEARS OF PATRIOTIC SERVICE IN THE U S NAVY FOR HIS BRAVERY AND COMMITMENT TO THE SAFETY OF THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY THROUGHOUT HIS NINE YEARS AS AN OFFICER WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT AND FOR HIS SELFLESS DECISION TO ALLOW OTHERS TO LIVE ON THROUGH ORGAN DONATION PRESENTED TO HIM.

THIS DATE SIGNED BY THE MAYOR, STEVE ADLER, WITH ALL OF THE COUNCIL MEMBERS SIGNING ON THANK YOU TO MAYOR AND COUNCIL FOR THAT HONOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AS A PROFESSION IS ONE OF THE NOBLEST ENDEAVORS A PERSON CAN CHOOSE TO PURSUE.

THERE ARE THOSE WHO QUESTION, WHY SOMEONE WOULD WANT TO BE A POLICE OFFICER, ESPECIALLY TODAY WHEN IT'S JUST SO HARD FOR THOSE OF US WHO PERFORM THIS DUTY, YOU KNOW, THAT IT TAKES A SPECIAL PERSON TO BE A POLICE OFFICER.

THE SACRIFICE THAT COMES WITH SERVICE TIME AWAY FROM YOUR FAMILY, THE STRESS THAT COMES WITH THE JOB AND IN SOME TRAGIC CASES, THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE THAT MANY HAVE MADE IN ORDER TO KEEP THE PUBLIC SAFE IS AN EXPLANATION THAT IS DIFFICULT TO PUT INTO WORDS.

BUT FOR THOSE OF US WHO PUT ON THE UNIFORM, THERE REALLY IS NOTHING ELSE THAT WE CAN SEE OURSELVES DOING MANY ATTEMPT, THIS NOBLE ENDEAVOR, AND ONLY A FEW ARE ACCEPTED TO PUT ON THE UNIFORM AND THE BADGE TO SWEAR THE OATH, TO PROTECT THEIR COMMUNITY.

AND OF THOSE FEWER STILL REACH THE PINNACLES OF OUR PROFESSION FOR NINE YEARS.

LOUIS ANDREW TRAILER, ANDY TO HIS FRIENDS AND FAMILY SERVE THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY WITH HONOR AND DISTINCTION AS AN AUSTIN, SENIOR POLICE OFFICER.

AND HE WAS A BIT OF A LIVING LEGEND WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

HE WAS A LIVING, UH, A LEADER ON HIS SHIFT WHO ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE JOB OF BEING A PEACE OFFICER ASSIGNED TO NIGHT SHIFT.

AND HE HAD THE CHANCE TO MOVE TWO DAYS.

AFTER A FEW YEARS, HE MOVED AND QUICKLY DISCOVERED THAT DAY SHIFT WAS NOT FOR HIM TO SLOW.

HE ENJOYED THE QUICK PACE OF NIGHT SHIFT AND HE TRANSFERRED BACK TO NIGHTS IN A BUSY PATROL SECTOR.

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ANDY SOUGHT OUT THE HIGH PRIORITY CALLS BECAUSE THOSE WERE THE ONES WHERE PEOPLE NEEDED THE HELP MOST, AND HE TRULY EMBRACED THE PUBLIC SAFETY EFFORT.

HIS PATROL SHIFT IS BEING RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING WORK IN 2020.

AND SPECIFICALLY THAT THEY EXHIBITED GREAT EFFORTS AND FINDING ILLEGALLY OWNED FIREARMS ON THE STREETS OF AUSTIN, ANDY ALONE, LOCATED AND SEIZED OVER 40 FIREARMS DURING THIS TIME MAKING THE CITIZENS OF THE CITY THAT MUCH SAFER.

ANDY EARNED OFFICER OF THE QUARTER HONORS FIVE TIMES FROM 2014 TO 2020.

I'M NOT SURE WE'VE HAD ANOTHER OFFICER DO THAT.

WELL, IT'S VERY RARE, BUT WHO HE WAS, WHO HE TRULY WAS, IT'S NOT ABOUT ACCOLADES OR RECOGNITION.

IT WAS ABOUT HIS COMPASSIONATE NATURE TO BE A GUARDIAN OF THE COMMUNITY.

ANDY WAS A LOVING HUSBAND, FATHER AND FRIEND, AND HE CARED FOR OTHERS.

HE CARED SO MUCH THAT EVEN IN DEATH, HE GAVE LIFE TO OTHERS THROUGH THE DONATION OF HIS ORGANS.

ACCORDING TO THE BIBLE, JOHN 15, 13 GREATER LOVE HAS NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT HE LAID DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS.

ANDY GAVE EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING HE HAD SO THAT OTHERS COULD BE SAFE AND COULD BE WELL, MAKE NO MISTAKE.

ANDY WAS ALL IN WITH EVERYTHING THAT HE DID, WHETHER IT WAS HIS FAMILY OR HIS CAREER.

AND HE DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DO ANYTHING OTHER THAN A HUNDRED PERCENT, HIS PASSING IS A TRAGEDY IN THE TRUEST SENSE OF THE WORD.

THERE'S NO MAKING SENSE OF IT.

NO WAY TO ALLAY THE GRIEF THAT IS FELT BY HIS FAMILY.

AND WE ARE ALL HIS FAMILY.

WE ARE ALL HURTING.

GRIEF, NEVER ENDS, BUT IT DOES CHANGE.

IT HAS A PASSAGE, NOT A PLACE TO STAY.

IT IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS NOR A LACK OF FAITH.

IT IS A PRICE OF LOVE.

WE SO LOVED ANDY THAT WE PAY THE PRICE OF GRIEF AND THAT LOVE WILL CARRY ALL OF US, ESPECIALLY MELISSA AND THEIR CHILDREN TO THE NEXT CHAPTER, MELISSA STRENGTH AND GRACE OVER THE LAST WEEK AND HALF HAS BEEN INSPIRING.

YOU'RE AN AMAZING WIFE AND MOTHER AND AN INCREDIBLE HUMAN BEING.

ANDY WAS HIS BLESSED TO HAVE YOU, AS YOU WERE TO HAVE HIM, YOU WILL REMAIN STRONG FOR THE CHILDREN AND WE WILL BE HERE FOR YOU ALWAYS.

AND WITHOUT FALTER.

I KNOW THAT ANY WORDS THAT I OR OTHERS MAY OFFER WILL BE INCAPABLE OF PROVIDING SUFFICIENT SOLACE DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.

BUT PLEASE KNOW THAT WE PLEDGE OUR UNDYING SUPPORT TO YOU IN THE FAMILY.

AND WE WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU.

WE WILL HONOR ANDY SACRIFICE BY LEADING OUR LIVES AS AN EXAMPLE FOR OTHERS TO FOLLOW AS A FAMILY, OKAY.

WE WILL BE THERE WITH THE CHILDREN AS THEY GROW AND HELP THEM TO MANAGE THEIR GRIEF AS WELL.

WHILE WE WILL NEVER GET OVER THE LOSS OF ANDY, WE WILL ALL LEARN TO LIVE WITH IT.

WE WILL HEAL AND REBUILD AROUND THE LOSS THAT WE'VE SUFFERED.

ANDY'S NAME WILL BE ETCHED ON THE MEMORIAL WALLS AT THE APD TRAINING ACADEMY AT THE STATE MEMORIAL AT THE TEXAS STATE CAPITOL AND AT THE NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MEMORIAL IN WASHINGTON, DC, WE WILL HONOR HIM AND ENSURE THAT HIS SACRIFICE IS NOT IN VAIN.

FUTURE GENERATIONS WILL SEE HIS NAME AND APPRECIATE WHAT HE GAVE FOR THIS COMMUNITY.

WHILE HE'S GONE TODAY, HIS LIFE AND SERVICE WILL NEVER, NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

GOD BLESS YOU, ANDY, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE?

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THIS TIME I'D LIKE TO INVITE UP SENIOR POLICE OFFICER PAUL BIYANKI TO SHARE ABOUT ANDY FROM THE SHIFT MATES POINT OF VIEW AND TRY TO GET THROUGH THIS AS EASY AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT ME BREAKING DOWN, TRYING TO FOLLOW THE CHIEF, HE ALMOST DID.

HE ALMOST BROKE DOWN, BUT I'LL TRY TO GET THROUGH THIS WITHOUT SKIPPING A BEAT.

I HAVE A TIME LIMIT AND I DON'T WANT TO UPSET THE CHAPLAIN.

SO, UM, SO I'M OFFICER PAUL BIYANKI, I'VE KNOWN ANDY TRAILER FOR ALMOST A DECADE.

HE STARTED THE ACADEMY TOGETHER.

WE HAD A VERY SMALL CLASS.

WE ONLY HAD ABOUT 15 PEOPLE GRADUATE.

ONLY 12 OF US REMAINED ON THE STREETS WITH THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT OUT OF THE NINE YEARS THAT WE'VE BEEN ON THE STREET.

WE'D BEEN WITH EACH OTHER ON THE SAME SHIFTS FROM EVENING SHIFT TO NIGHT SHIFT, THE BETTER PART OF NINE YEARS.

I MEANT THE ARMY NATIONAL GUARD I WOULD GET DEPLOYED AND HE ALWAYS BRING UP THE FACT THAT I WOULD LEAVE AND I WOULD LEAVE HIM BY HIMSELF IN HIS OWN DEMISE.

AND THEN WHEN I RETURNED, HE'D BE SUPER HAPPY.

AND THEN WHEN HE WENT TO DAY SHIFT, I GAVE HIM THE SAME HEARTBREAK.

SO I TOLD HIM TO COME BACK AND EVENTUALLY HE CAME BACK AND FOR THE BETTER PART OF NINE YEARS, WE'VE BEEN TOGETHER.

IT'S BEEN EXTREMELY DIFFICULT.

APD HAS BEEN HIS FAMILY AND HE CAME OUT EVERY SINGLE DAY AND HE GAVE IT HIS HARDEST.

AND A LOT OF PEOPLE IN APD KNEW, AND THEY KNEW THE TYPE OF OFFICER.

HE WAS.

HE ALSO TALKED ABOUT HIS FAMILY A LOT TOO SPECIFICALLY, HIS KIDS.

HE LOVED YOU GUYS VERY MUCH.

AND HE TALKED ABOUT YOU A LOT.

I HAVE HUNDREDS OF STORIES ABOUT HIM.

AND IF ANY POINT IN TIME, YOU WANT TO KNOW THE KIND OF COP THAT HE WAS, YOU CALL ME ANYTIME.

OKAY.

FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT KNEW OFFICER TRAILER, YOU KNEW HIM FOR HIS INCREDIBLE WORK AS AN OFFICER.

I'M SURE THE ONES THAT KNEW HIM, HEARD HIM TALK ABOUT THE CALLS THAT HE TOOK OR THE TRAFFIC STOPS THAT HE MADE.

HE WAS AN EXTREMELY COCKY OFFICER, BUT HE HAD THE STATS TO PROVE IT.

AND THE STORIES BESIDE THAT, MOST OF YOU DIDN'T SEE WAS HIS DEDICATION TO A SHIFT IN HIS FELLOW OFFICERS.

IF YOU WANTED TO BETTER YOURSELF AS AN OFFICER, YOU COULD GO TO HIM.

HE WAS AN INCREDIBLE MENTOR AND AN INCREDIBLE TEACHER.

HE HAD MORE GUN ARRESTS IN THIS PAST YEAR THAN ANY OTHER PERSON IN THIS DEPARTMENT, PERIOD, EXCEPT FOR OFFICER SCHRAMM, WHICH BY THE WAY OFF THE TRAM, IF YOU'RE IN THERE SOMEWHERE AND YOU FIND OUT YOU HAD MORE GUN ARREST THAN HE DID, LET'S JUST KEEP THAT TO YOURSELF, RIGHT? LET'S LET'S LET OFF THE TRAILER HAVE THIS ONE.

ALL RIGHT.

HE CARED ABOUT THE WORK THAT HE DID.

AND HE CARED EVEN MORE FOR THE PEOPLE HE WORKED WITH.

FORTUNATELY, FOR ME, MOST OF THE STORIES THAT I HAVE, MOST OF THE INCREDIBLE STORIES I HAVE, HE WAS WITH ME IN SOME FORM OR FASHION, WHETHER IT WAS, WE WERE DOUBLED UP ON THE SHIFT.

HE BACKED ME UP WHATEVER CASE IT MAY BE.

UNFORTUNATELY, THE HUNDREDS OF STORIES I HAVE, HE WAS WITH ME, TWO STORIES COME TO MIND.

HE HAD HUNDREDS OF STORIES.

SOME OF THEM PROBABLY NOT VERY APPROPRIATE FOR THE SETTING, BUT TWO THAT, THAT STOOD OUT THE MOST.

AND I'LL SHARE THEM WITH YOU.

ONE OF THE ONES THAT WE HAD, UM, A BICYCLIST, UM, HAD BEEN HIT BY A CAR AND DRUG FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME AND WAS LEFT FOR DEAD.

THE DRIVER LEFT THE SCENE AND I WAS THE FIRST TO ARRIVE FROM THE ACTUAL VICTIM.

SHE WAS PRETTY BEAT UP.

SHE WAS CONSCIOUS AND ALIVE, BUT HER INJURIES WERE PRETTY DRASTIC.

I SHOWED UP, GOT HER INTO THE AMBULANCE, RUSHED HER OFF TRAILER SHOWED UP BEGRUDGINGLY LATER, NOT BEGRUDGINGLY.

HE WANTED TO HELP, BUT HE WAS ALSO A CRASH INVESTIGATOR, WHICH A LOT OF CRASH INVESTIGATORS KNOW.

THERE'S A LOT OF PAPERWORKS, SPRAY PAINT, AND OTHER THINGS THAT YOU HAVE TO DO ON THAT CRASH SCENE INSTEAD OF GOING OUT AND FINDING THE GUNS, FINDING THE DOPE.

AND HE CAME THERE AND HE SAW HOW MUCH THIS CALL AFFECTED ME.

AND IT WASN'T SO MUCH THAT THE INJURIES AFFECTED ME BECAUSE AS LAW ENFORCEMENT KNOW, WE'RE KIND OF DESENSITIZED, UNFORTUNATELY, TO A LOT OF THE, KIND OF THE HORRORS THAT ARE OUT THERE.

WHAT EFFECTED ME WAS THAT NOT ONLY DOES SHE HAVE TO SUFFER THROUGH THIS, BUT SHE WAS STILL CONSCIOUS TO THE ENTIRE THING.

AND THE GUY GOT AWAY.

TRAILER SAW THIS AND HE HELPED ME FOR BETTER PART OF FIVE HOURS AFTER WE CLEARED THE SCENE TO TRY TO FIND THIS GUY, WHICH WE NEVER DID.

WE KNEW HE LIVED SOMEWHERE IN OUR SECTOR, BUT WE COULD NEVER FIND HIM TRAILER GOT OFF LATE THAT NIGHT, EARLY MORNING, I SHOULD SAY, WE'RE SUPPOSED TO GET OFF ABOUT SIX 30 IN THE MORNING.

HE GOT OFF A LITTLE BIT LATER THAN THAT.

AND HE HAD TO TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE HOME.

HE TRIPPED, HE DRESSED IN HIS CIVILIAN CLOTHES, GOT IN HIS TRUCK AND WENT A DIFFERENT ROUND HOME, WHICH I BELIEVE YOU GUYS LIVED IN KYLE AT THE TIME.

AND WHILE HE WAS INTERRUPTED, KYLE TAKING A DIFFERENT ROAD, STUCK IN TRAFFIC, HE NOTICED A VEHICLE THAT MATCHED THE DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECT VEHICLE.

AND ALL WE HAD, WE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A MAKE MODEL.

IT WAS A BODY STYLE OF COLOR AND MAYBE TWO DIGITS ON THE LICENSE PLATE.

HE PULLED UP NEXT TO THE SKY AND HE THOUGHT IN HIS MIND, HE GOES, I BELIEVE THAT'S THE CAR.

I THINK THAT'S THE CAR.

AND A LOT OF LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS KNOW THAT YOU HAVE LIKE A GUT FEELING.

YOU TRIED TO TAKE IT, BUT IF YOU'RE WRONG, PEOPLE ARE GONNA HAZE YOU AND MAKE FUN OF YOU FOR LIKE EVER,

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RIGHT? SO HE SAW THIS VEHICLE AND HE'S, HE THOUGHT TO HIMSELF HAS GOTTA BE IT.

THE GUY LOOKED OVER AT HIM AND THEN TOOK OFF.

THEY MAKE BASICALLY TRYING TO GET AWAY FROM TRAILER TRAILER, FOLLOWED THIS GUY AND CALLED APD.

THE DAY SHIFT OFFICER SAID, HEY, I'M PRETTY SURE THIS IS THE CAR THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THE HIT AND RUN.

APD EVENTUALLY CAUGHT UP TO THE SKY NEAR SAN MARCUS, WHICH IS MUCH OF, YOU KNOW, THAT'S PRETTY FAR AWAY.

THEY PULLED THE GUY OVER.

THERE WAS BODY DAMAGE ON THE VEHICLE AND THE GUY GAVE A FULL CONFESSION.

IT WAS THE VEHICLE.

AND THE FACT THAT DIVINE INTERVENTION, I KNOW IT'S OUT THERE.

PUT TRAILER IN THAT PATH, MADE HIM GET OFF LATE, TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE HOME.

IT HAPPENED TO PULL UP NEXT TO THE GUY THAT WAS INVOLVED IN THIS COLLISION.

HE WAS COMMITTED TO THIS JOB AND HE WAS ALWAYS OBSERVANT.

ANOTHER STORY I HAD, LIKE I SAID, I DOUBLED UP WITH TRAILER A LOT, A LOT.

THE ONE TIME I DIDN'T DOUBLE UP WITH HIM.

HE GAVE ME A HEARTBREAK ABOUT IT.

UM, BUT WE DOUBLE UP A LOT.

IN ONE PARTICULAR INSTANCE, WE WORKED OVERTIME WITH OUR SISTER NIGHT SHIFT AND WE ASKED OUR SUPERVISORS, IF WE COULD DOUBLE UP, THEY'D ALWAYS GIVE A SIDE.

NOT BECAUSE WE'D GET INTO TROUBLE, MUCH, MUCH TROUBLE, BUT BECAUSE THERE'S PROBABLY PAPERWORK, THAT'S GOING TO FOLLOW SUIT.

ONCE WE GET INTO SOMETHING ON THIS PARTICULAR NIGHT, WE WENT TO AN APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR SHOTS FIRED AT A PARTY.

SOMEBODY HAD PRESENTED A GUN AND THERE WAS A LARGE GROUP OF PEOPLE.

SISTER NIGHT SHIFT WENT TO THE PARTY, THE PORTION OF THE APARTMENT COMPLEX AND A BASIC DESCRIPTION OF THE SUSPECTS WAS PUT OUT FOUR TO FIVE PEOPLE.

AND THEY GAVE A BASIC CLOTHING DESCRIPTION AND THAT THEY HAD BEEN GOING NORTH THROUGH THE APARTMENT COMPLEX TRAILER.

AND I PULLED UP AND WE SPOTTED A GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT MATCH THAT DESCRIPTION, BASICALLY MESSAGE DESCRIPTION.

SOON AS WE GOT OUT OF THE CAR, THEY TOOK OFF RUNNING.

I CHASED FOUR OF THEM FOR ABOUT 50 YARDS, ROUNDED, A BUILDING CORNER TO THEM.

AND I CAUGHT FOUR TRAILER RAN AFTER THE FAST ONE.

AND HE RAN AND I'M NOT JOKING.

HE RAN FOR THE BETTER PART OF A MILE AFTER THIS GUY, THEY HIT THE HIGHWAY, THEY WENT NORTH AND FOR A MILE, HE RAN AFTER THIS PERSON.

THAT'S HOW COMMITTED HE WAS TO KEEPING THE STREETS SAFE AND TO CATCHING THE PEOPLE THAT DO THE, THESE VIOLENT CRIMES FOR A MILE.

I'M PRETTY SURE HE PUKED WHEN HE GOT THERE BECAUSE WE HAD JUST EATEN.

AND, UM, BUT HE CAUGHT THE GUY NONETHELESS, AFTER THE FACT WHEN WE GET BACK AND WE TELL THAT STORY, EVERYONE WOULD CONGRATULATE THEM ON CATCHING THAT ONE GUY.

AND OF COURSE I WOULD GIVE HIM SOME HEARTBREAK TOO, BECAUSE I'D SAY, WELL, I CAUGHT FOUR, RIGHT? LIKE I, YES.

I ONLY RAN 50 YARDS, BUT I CAUGHT FOUR OF THEM.

LITTLE.

DID I TELL ANYBODY ELSE THAT STORY THAT I CHASED THE FOUR HUSKY ONES.

SO IT WAS A LOT EASIER FOR ME TO CATCH THESE PEOPLE THAN IT WAS FOR HIM.

HE CHASED THE GAZELLE AND, AND, UH, HE CHASED HIM DOWN AND HE CAUGHT HIM.

AND IT'S JUST THE KIND OF OFFICER HE WAS AGAIN, I HAVE HUNDREDS OF STORIES, INCREDIBLE STORIES OF, OF OFFICER TRAILER.

AND, UM, IT'S HARD NOT TO THINK ABOUT THE GOOD TIMES THAT WE HAD TOGETHER THIS PAST YEAR HAS BEEN A HUGE TEST FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT, FOR ALL OF US ACROSS THE NATION, THE FUNDING OF OUR OWN DEPARTMENT, OUR STAFFING LEVELS AT AN ALL TIME LOW PEOPLE LEAVING THE PROFESSION IN DROVES.

LAW ENFORCEMENT, CONTINUOUSLY PORTRAYED IN A NEGATIVE LIGHT.

ANDY CONSTANTLY WAS POSITIVE WHEN HE'D COME OUT, EVEN WITH EVERYTHING FEELING LIKE WE WEREN'T MAKING PROGRESS ON THE STREETS, TRAILER KEPT GOING THE HARDEST.

AND THAT WAS TRAILER.

EVERYONE THAT KNEW HIM, KNEW THAT HE WENT THE HARDEST AND HE DID IT FOR THE BETTER.

GOOD.

I'M GOING TO END IT WITH THIS NOWADAYS.

IT'S REALLY EASY TO PARK IN PARKING LOTS.

ALL RIGHT.

AND REACTIVELY, REACT TO THESE CALLS THAT ARE COMING OUT.

AND I CHALLENGE ALL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

IF YOU KNEW TRAILER, YOU KNEW ANDY TO GET BACK OUT THERE.

OKAY? I'M NOT ASKING YOU TO GO AS HARD AS TRAILER DID.

ALL I'M ASKING IS THAT IF YOU FIND YOURSELF PARKED IN A PARKING LOT, REACTING TO CALLS ALL NIGHT, THEY THINK ABOUT THE CRIMINALS THAT ARE ON THE STREETS.

AND NO ONE TO CHALLENGE THEM.

I'LL LEAVE THIS POINT WITH A QUOTE FROM THE PHILOSOPHER, EDMUND BURKE, ALL THAT IS NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS THAT GOOD MEN DO NOTHING.

OFFICER TRAILER WAS ONE OF THOSE GOOD MEN WHO GAVE EVERYTHING.

I JUST HOPE THAT OFFICERS WILL TRY TO EMULATE THE TYPE OF WORK THAT TRAILER DID WHILE HE WAS HERE.

OFFICER TRAILER'S LEGACY WILL LIVE ON THIS DEPARTMENT AND THIS CITY IS SACRIFICED FOR THE CITY WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN TRAILER.

YOU WERE MY PARTNER AND MY FRIEND REST EASY BUDDY.

AND WE'LL TAKE IT FROM HERE THIS TIME.

I LIKE TO INVITE UP LIEUTENANT MIKE CHANCELLOR SPEAK BOTH FROM THE ANDY'S ROLE AS A POLICE OFFICER AND AS A MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY,

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I HAD THE HONOR AND PRIVILEGE OF NOT ONLY CALLING ANDY, A BROTHER AND BLUE, BUT ALSO FAMILY.

AS A COUSIN, WE GREW UP TOGETHER SPENDING HOLIDAYS WITH EACH OTHER, TRYING TO SNEAK ONE LAST PIECE OF COCONUT CREAM PIE FROM MEMO'S KITCHEN AND WRESTLING IN THE FRONT YARD.

THOSE OF YOU THAT KNEW ANDY KNEW THAT HE DID EVERYTHING AT A HUNDRED PERCENT.

AND, UH, MY ONLY SAVING GRACE IN WRESTLING WITH HIM BACK THEN WAS I WAS A COUPLE YEARS OLDER THAN HIM WHEN HE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD, HE ACCEPTED CHRIST AT CORNERSTONE BAPTIST CHURCH IN FAIRFIELD, TEXAS, AND HIGH SCHOOL.

HE ENJOYED SHOWING CATTLE AND HOGS.

HE LOVED PLAYING FOOTBALL AND HE LOVED WORKING ON CARS, BUT HIS FAVORITE WAS PLAYING BASEBALL.

HE WAS A VERY TALENTED BASEBALL PLAYER.

HE ACTUALLY RECEIVED A SCHOLARSHIP TO THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HERE IN AUSTIN, UM, TO PITCH FOR THEM, BUT IT WASN'T QUITE READY TO COME TO AUSTIN YET.

INSTEAD HE CHOSE TO GO IN THE NAVY AND SERVE HIS COUNTRY.

AFTER SEVERAL YEARS IN THE NAVY, HE CALLED ME UP, SAID HE WAS THINKING ABOUT BECOMING A POLICE OFFICER.

SO WHEN HE CAME DOWN TO VISIT, WE DID A RIDE OUT.

I CONSIDER MYSELF A FAIRLY ACTIVE OFFICER.

AND, UM, WE GOT INTO A LOT THAT NIGHT.

I STAYED BUSY, BUT LOOKING BACK AT IT NOW IS THE SHIFT CAN ATTEST.

THAT WAS PROBABLY THE SLOWEST NIGHT HE EVER WORKED ON PATROL.

HE DID EVERYTHING 100%.

HE WAS A HARD WORKER WHEN I WROTE HIS RECOMMENDATION LETTER FOR THE DEPARTMENT.

YOU KNOW, THAT WAS THE MAIN POINT OF THAT LETTER IS THAT, YOU KNOW, NO ONE IS GOING TO WORK OUT WORK, ANDY TRAILER, HE'S GOING TO GET HERE AND GIVE A HUNDRED PERCENT.

ANDY ALSO HAD A HUMOROUS SIDE.

HE HAD THE RARE ABILITY OF MAKING PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME EVEN AS HE PICKED ON THEM.

AND AS FAR AS THAT GOES, HE MADE A LOT OF PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME.

BY THE TIME HE ACTUALLY JOINED THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT, I TRANSFERRED TO THE POLICE ACADEMY AS AN INSTRUCTOR.

SO ALSO HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF WATCHING HIM GROW, UM, INTO THE OFFICER THAT HE WOULD EVENTUALLY BECOME WITH THE REST OF THE 120 FIRST CADET CLASS.

AS AN OFFICER, I BEGAN HEARING GREAT STORIES OF THE POLICE WORK HE WAS DOING.

HE DID RECEIVE THE CENTRAL EAST AREA OF COMMAND OFFICER OF THE QUARTER FOR EXCELLENCE IN POLICING THE RECORD FIVE TIMES.

AND, UM, THAT WAS PROBABLY FIVE TIMES, UH, SHORT OF WHAT HE ACTUALLY EARNED AND DESERVED.

UM, HE DID SOME GREAT POLICE WORK.

HE ACTUALLY GAVE ME CREDIBILITY AS A LIEUTENANT.

WHEN I MOVED BACK OUT ONTO THE STREETS, I HEARD MORE THAN ONCE FROM OFFICERS THAT A LIEUTENANT COULDN'T BE THAT BAD.

IF HE WAS RELATED TO ANDY A LITTLE LATE, A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO, HE WAS ELECTED FOR A PRESTIGIOUS POSITION IN THE ORGANIZED CRIME DIVISION.

OFFICERS WORKED FOR A LONG TIME TO GET TO ORGANIZED CRIME.

AND ANDY HAD BEEN SELECTED FOR THAT POSITION.

SO IT SURPRISED ME A LITTLE BIT WHEN HE CAME TO MY OFFICE AND ASKED TO SPEAK WITH ME AND GET MY ADVICE ON THE SPOT.

ANDY TOLD ME THAT HE DIDN'T THINK THAT THE HOURS FOR THE POSITION WOULD WORK FOR HIS FAMILY.

AND SO HE WAS GOING TO TURN DOWN THE SPOT AND THAT'S KIND OF PERSON.

ANDY WAS, HE WOULD WORK FOR IT, BUT HE LOVED HIS FAMILY SO MUCH.

HE WAS GOING TO TURN IT DOWN AND STAY ALL NIGHT.

SO HE COULD STAY WITH THIS FAMILY TO MELISSA HALEY, ADDISON, BLAKE, LOGAN, AND TEAGAN.

WE KNOW THAT NO ONE CAN EVER REPLACE THE VOID THAT ANDY LEFT, BUT KNOW THAT HE WAS LOVED AND KNOW THAT YOU WERE LOVED.

AND TO ANDY REST, EASY BROTHER, WE'LL TAKE IT FROM HERE.

THANK YOU, PAUL AND MIKE SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE FAMILY ELECT TO INVITAE, UH, DAVE DOUGLAS MELISSA'S DAD NOTICED THEY HAD A ONE PAGE.

I HAVE THREE, BUT IT'S LARGE PRINT.

WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT ANDY? UM, I'VE ONLY KNOWN ANDY FOR 16 YEARS, BUT EIGHT YEARS AGO, MY WIFE AND I MOVED TO KYLE AND IS THE BEST MOVE WE EVER MADE BECAUSE WE GOT TO KNOW ANDY AND OF COURSE, MISSY AND OUR FIVE BEAUTIFUL GRANDKIDS, UH, IN A VERY, VERY CLOSE KNIT WAY AND HAVE BEEN THE CLOSEST FAMILY TO THEM THAT WE COULD ASK FOR.

I'M SO BLESSED

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TO BE.

ANDY'S FATHER-IN-LAW ANDY LOVED OUR DAUGHTER AND FIVE CHILDREN WITH HIS WHOLE HEART.

AND I'M SO THANKFUL FOR THAT.

THERE HAVE BEEN ENOUGH TEARS OVER THE PAST TWO WEEKS TO LAST THE LIFETIME.

AND THERE WILL BE MANY MORE.

WE ARE HERE TODAY TO HONOR ANDY AND TALK ABOUT HOW HE LIVED.

I LOOKED ON THE, UM, FUNERAL ANNOUNCEMENT, THE OBITUARY, AND IT SAYS ANDY LIVED FROM 1984 TO 2021, BUT LET'S TALK ABOUT THE DASH.

THE DASH IS WHAT WE HAVE A CHANCE TO DO BETWEEN THOSE TWO DATES IN ANDY LIVED SO MUCH MORE THAN 37 YEARS IN HIS LIFE.

LOOK AT HIS KIDS.

LOOK AT HIS WIFE, LOOK AT ALL OF YOU OUT HERE.

LOOK AT THE NAVY FRIENDS, COME IN FROM THE USS COLUMBUS FRIENDS COME IN FROM COLORADO.

MY DAUGHTER FROM PITTSBURGH FLEW IN PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER CAME TO HONOR ANDY, BECAUSE ANDY WAS SPECIAL.

SO PLEASE YOU ARE STILL LIVING IN THE DASH OF YOUR LIFE BETWEEN BIRTH AND DEATH.

MAKE THE MOST OF IT LIKE ANDY DID.

PLEASE ASK THE KIDS ABOUT THEIR FAVORITE THINGS ABOUT THEIR DAD.

HALEY SAID HER DAD WAS DETERMINED, NEVER GAVE UP STUBBORN, STUBBORN, EVEN WANTED TO WIN STUPID ARGUMENTS.

WHEN HE KNEW HE WAS WRONG, SPOKEN LIKE A MODERN DAY, 15 YEAR OLD, ISN'T IT? UH, VERY SMART, ALWAYS HELPED HER FIGURE OUT HER HOMEWORK.

A VERY HARD WORKER, ALWAYS THERE FOR OTHERS, WILLING TO STAND UP FOR OTHERS, EVEN IF IT PUT THEM IN DANGER, VERY BRAVE, CONFIDENT, VERY SUPPORTIVE OF EVERYTHING SHE DID.

ADDIE SAID HER DAD WAS VERY FUNNY, VERY CARING, SUPPORTIVE, AND ENCOURAGE ENCOURAGING FAIRLESS, BRAVE AND RISK HIS LIFE FOR OTHERS.

BLAKE SAID HIS DAD WAS SMART, ENCOURAGING ATHLETIC, FUNNY, VERY BRAVE, GOOD AT BOARD GAMES, HELPFUL WITH SCHOOL AND OTHER PROJECTS, FUN KIND.

AND HE LOVED MUMMY AND HIS FIVE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN.

I'M SURE BLAKE INCLUDED HIMSELF IN.

BEAUTIFUL.

SO, UM, ANDY WAS JUST ANOTHER, OH, BY THE WAY, THEIR NICKNAME FOR HIM WAS CAPTAIN AMERICA.

AND WE DID GO THROUGH A TIME IN ANDY'S LIFE WHEN, UH, HE DID GET A LOT OF SHIRTS THAT SAID AWESOME.

UH I'M MR. AWESOME.

OR WHATEVER.

UM, ANDY, ANDY WORE THOSE REAL WELL BECAUSE HE WAS AWESOME.

UM, ANDY WAS JUST AN EVERYDAY GUY AWAY WORK.

HE TOOK CARE OF HIS YARD, PUT SEAT AROUND IN THE GARAGE, PLAYED WITH THE KIDS, FIXED, WHATEVER WAS BROKEN AND DID THE THINGS HUSBANDS AND DADS DO NOTHING.

FLASHY, JUST A SOLID GUY.

ANDY KNEW MISSY LOVE BABIES AND STOOD BEHIND MISSY'S DREAM OF FOSTERING INFANTS.

13 FOSTER CHILDREN OVER SIX YEARS WERE ALL TREATED AS IF THEY WERE THEIR OWN ANDY OR MISSY HAVE ALWAYS HAD A BABY IN THEIR ARMS. AND MISSY STILL DOES TODAY.

EVERY ONE OF THOSE KIDS WAS WELL CARED FOR.

AND THEIR TWO YOUNGEST WERE ADOPTED THROUGH FOSTERING THAT SAYS A LOT ABOUT COMMITMENT ON ANDY AND MISSY'S PART.

UM, ONE THING ANDY HATED.

HE HATED BUILDING IKEA FURNITURE.

HE WOULD LEAVE THINGS IN BOXES UNTIL I VISITED BECAUSE HE KNEW I ENJOYED IT.

IF IT WAS SUPPOSED TO TAKE 30 MINUTES, YOU COULD COUNT ON ANDY TO BUILD IT SIX HOURS AND THEN FIND A PART THAT WAS MISSING AND NEEDED TO BE PUT IN AT THE BEGINNING.

SO WE'D HAVE TO TEAR IT ALL APART.

I THINK IF I KIA USED MORE TECHNICAL LANGUAGE AND LESS DRAWINGS AND HE WOULD HAVE DONE A MUCH, MUCH BETTER JOB BECAUSE HE WAS JUST TOO SMART FOR IKEA.

ANDY AND I ARE ALSO HAVE THE DISTINCT PLEASURE OF INSTALLING 1200 SQUARE FOOT OF FLOORING IN THEIR HOME IN KYLE.

UH, WE ARE BOTH VERY ATTENTIVE TO DETAIL I INSTALLED WHILE ANDY CUT.

HE MADE HUNDREDS OF TRIPS FROM THE FAMILY ROOM OUT TO THE DRIVEWAY, CUTTING AND CUTTING.

THAT'S WHY WE WERE SO AMAZED THAT WHEN HE COME IN, THEY DIDN'T, WE BOUGHT FAR MORE THAN THE 10% OVERAGE THAT THEY TELL YOU TO BUY.

SO, UH, YOU CAN SCRATCH THAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL CLAUSE.

WHEN WE STAYED WITH ANDY AND MISSY FOR OVER FOUR MONTHS WHILE HER HOME WAS BEING BUILT IN KYLE SOON, I RECALL HOW ANDY WOULD RIDE HIS MOTORCYCLE TO WORK.

THE KIDS, HALEY EIGHT, ADDIE SIX AND BLAKE THREE AT THE TIME WOULD HUG ANDY AND TELL HIM BE SAFE.

THEN ALL THREE WOULD RUN TO THE FRONT WINDOW AND WATCH HIM PULL OUT OF THE DRIVEWAY ONTO THEIR, ONTO THEIR STREET.

AND THEN THEY WOULD QUICKLY BE LINE IT TO THE BACK WINDOW

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WHERE THEY COULD SEE ANDY PULLING OUT OF HOMETOWN KYLE AND ONTO REBEL ROAD.

AND THEY WOULD WAVE TO HIM.

THEY'RE HOLLERING, BE SAFE, DADDY, BE SAFE, DADDY.

AND, UH, IT JUST WARMED OUR HEARTS TO WATCH THOSE KIDS BE SO EXCITED ABOUT THEIR DAD AND WHAT HE DID.

AND I WOULD ENCOURAGE YOU MOMS AND DADS.

IF THE OTHER ONE IS THE POLICE OFFICER, PLEASE LET YOUR KIDS HUG THEM EVERY DAY, SAY GOODBYE AND SAY, THEY'LL SEE THEM LATER.

AND THEY'RE COMING HOME.

KIDS NEED TO HEAR THAT.

UH, ANDY ALSO KNEW THAT SUE AND I, ANNIE, MISSY ACTUALLY KNEW THAT SUE AND I USED TO SCARE THE HECK OUT.

WE STILL DO ACTUALLY WE'LL HIDE IN OUR HOME AND WANT TO COME OUT OF THE RESTROOM OR COME OUT OF A CLOSET OR SOMETHING.

AND WE'LL JUST, WE'RE 65, BUT WE JUST STILL LOVE HAVING FUN.

SO WE WOULD JUST SCARE EACH OTHER.

WELL, ANNIE, MISSY KNEW THAT AND MISSY WOULD TYPICALLY POP OUT OF A CORNER OR SOMETHING.

WELL, ONE TIME ANDY JOINED RIGHT IN, HE SQUEEZED UNDER THE BED.

WE WERE STAYING IN, IN THE ROOM.

WE WERE STAYING IN AMONGST OUR SHOES AND EVERYTHING.

AND I MEAN, ANDY WAS NOT A SMALL GUY.

ANDY WAS BUFF.

AND SO ANYWAYS, HE THOUGHT WE WERE COMING BACK IN THE ROOM, BUT WE ACTUALLY LEFT THE HOUSE.

MISSY TOOK A PICTURE OF HIM SMILING UNDER THERE, WAITING TO SCARE US.

I CAN ONLY SAY THAT.

I WISH SOON I COULD WALK INTO THAT ROOM RIGHT NOW.

WE WOULD LET ANDY SCARE US.

UM, ANDY, WASN'T A HUGGER.

WHEN WE MET HIM, HE WAS PRETTY TIMID.

HE WAS THAT TOUGH TEXAS GUY THROUGH AND THROUGH.

BUT OVER THE YEARS WE SAW TENDERNESS COME OVER HIM, MISSY AND THE KIDS GOT HIS BEST HUGS AND HE GOT COMFORTABLE WITH OTHERS TOO.

I RECALL ANYTIME WE WERE VISITING WHILE HE WAS LEAVING FOR WORK, THAT HE WOULD HUG SUE AND I, AND WE WOULD TELL HIM, BE CAREFUL SON AND COME BACK HOME.

HE ALWAYS SAID, I WILL.

AND WE HAD A TRADITION CALLED GROUP HUG.

AND UH, WE ALL GATHER IN A HUDDLE, ANYTIME POP AND GRAMMY WERE LEAVING THE HOUSE OR LEAVING SOMEWHERE WHERE WE MET THEM IN PUBLIC.

AND WE WOULD ALL JUST HUDDLE AROUND ARM IN ARM, LIKE A FOOTBALL HUDDLE AND JUST GROUP HUG, GROUP HUG, GROUP HUG, GROUP, READY BREAK.

AND IT WOULD BE LOUD AND PEOPLE WOULD BE LOOKING.

AND WHEN ANDY WAS THERE, WE WOULD, YOU COULD HEAR LITTLE LOGAN SAY, HEY, WE FORGOT GROUP HUG.

YOU KNOW? AND SO ANDY WOULD COME JOIN US.

AND YOU COULD TELL THAT AFTER WE WERE IN PUMP, WHEN WE WERE IN PUBLIC, IT WAS LOUD AND HE WAS SO EMBARRASSED, BUT I LOVED EMBARRASSING ANDY LIKE THAT.

IT WAS FUN AT THE BEACH WHEN ANDY AND MISSY BROUGHT THE KIDS TO VACATION WITH US, ANDY, WASN'T WANTING TO JUST LIE AROUND AND SOAK UP THE SUN.

HE ALWAYS WAS A COUPLE HUNDRED FEET FROM THE SHORE AND THE DEEPER WATER WITH MISSY AND THE THREE OLDER KIDS OR SITTING ON THE SANDY BEACH, HOLDING TEAGAN OR BUILDING SOMETHING IN THE SAND WITH LOGAN.

I STOPPED TAKING MY SHIRT OFF AT THE BEACH.

WHEN SA, WHEN ANDY SHOWED UP, I COULDN'T COMPETE THIS PAST CHRISTMAS.

WE WERE BLESSED TO SPEND TIME WITH ANDY MISSY AND THE KIDS IN A MOUNTAIN CHALET IN GATLINBURG, TENNESSEE, BETWEEN THE SNOW DOLLYWOOD WOULD VISIT AND A BUNCH OF OTHER THINGS.

WE ENJOYED EACH OTHER'S COMPANY AND THE GOODNESS OF FAMILY.

ONE THING THAT STANDS OUT AS THE ABSOLUTE JOY ANDY HAD PLAYING ON THE NINE FOOT SHUFFLEBOARD TABLE.

ANDY IS VERY COMPETITIVE AND SHOWED NO MERCY, EVEN WITH THE YOUNGEST KIDS.

AND, UH, HE WON MOST OF HIS GAMES, BUT WE LAUGHED A LOT.

COUPLE OF THE THINGS IS I'D LIKE TO SAY THAT ANDY WOULD WANT ME TO PERSONALLY THINK THE WONDERFUL PROFESSIONAL AND COURAGEOUS MEN AND WOMEN OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, ESPECIALLY THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

HE LOVED WORKING WITH YOU AND SERVING A CITY WHICH OFTEN SHOWS DISDAIN FOR THE VERY ONES LIKE ANDY, WHO PLACED THEIR LIVES ON THE LINE EACH DAY, OUR FAMILY STANDS 100% BEHIND LAW, ENFORCE LAW AND ORDER.

AND THOSE WHO KEEP IT LET'S FULLY FUND AND TAKE CARE OF THESE HEROES, ANDY, BY THE WAY, ANDY IS IN HERE TODAY.

I HOPE YOU KNOW THAT THE BIBLE SAYS TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODIES TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD.

ANDY IS THE ONLY ONE THAT'S AWOL TODAY.

WE'RE HERE LEFT BEHIND TO GRIEVE, BUT ANDY IS NOT.

SO ANDY, I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU FOR ALL.

YOU'VE DONE TO MAKE THIS WORLD A BETTER AND SAFER PLACE.

I PROMISE YOU THAT I, AND ALL THOSE, YOU KNOW, WE'LL KEEP MISSY HALEY, ADDIE BLAKE, LOGAN, AND TEAGAN LOVED SAFE AND LAUGHING.

AS WE MOVE FORWARD WITH AN ANDY SHAPED HOLE IN OUR HEARTS, IN THE BIBLE, TWO PETER THREE EIGHT SAYS, BUT YOU MUST NOT FORGET THIS ONE THING A DAY IS LIKE A THOUSAND

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YEARS TO THE LORD.

AND A THOUSAND YEARS IS LIKE A DAY.

I LOVE YOU SON.

AND I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW.

WON'T YOU STAY.

HE MAY SAY THERE'S MONSTERS RIGHT OUTSIDE.

DADDY, PLEASE.

DON'T GO.

THE SECOND THAT'S YOU'RE GONE.

THEY'RE GOING TO KNOW

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SAM KNOW HE'S GOT A BIG OLD PLANE.

THAT'S GOING TO DING ME.

EVER DAY.

I HAD TO SAY HE GOOD DADDY, PLEASE.

DON'T THERE'S NO WAY I WON'T BE AROUND BY OR SAD.

AND YOU CAN'T SEE ME.

MELISSA HALEY, ADDISON, BLAKE, TEEGAN, AND LOGAN.

YOUR DADDY'S SAFE FOR THE LAST SEVERAL DAYS.

WE KNOW THAT THEY'VE BEEN CELEBRATING HALL OF FAMERS.

WE'RE IN THE REAL HALL OF FAMER.

AND EVERY ONE OF YOU THAT ARE HERE TODAY ARE IN THAT HALL OF FAME.

AND AS CHIEF SAID TODAY, THERE'S NO GREATER CALLING THAN THE MEN AND THE WOMEN THAT ARE IN BLUE.

IT'S MY HONOR TO STAND HERE BEFORE YOU TODAY.

AND BY GOD'S GRACE, AS CHAPLAIN RANDALL SAID, MAY THE GRACE OF GOD AND THE PEACE OF GOD BE WITH YOU BECAUSE HE IS THE GOD OF COMFORT.

THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT TO THE FAMILY, TO THE FRIENDS, TO THOSE THAT SHARE TODAY.

PAUL AND MIKE.

AND OF COURSE FATHER-IN-LAW DAVE, YOUR WORDS ARE SPECIAL TO KNOW ANDY, TO LIVE WITH HANDY, TO VACATION, WITH HANDY, TO WALK WITH ANDY ON THE STREETS TO WORK WITH HIM IN ANY CAPACITY WAS TO KNOW IT WAS TO LIVE, WAS TO WORK, WAS TO VACATION WITH NOT JUST A GREAT MAN, BUT A MAN THAT WAS ALWAYS ON A MISSION.

HE WAS ON A MISSION WHEN HE WAS PLAYING SHUFFLEBOARD.

HE WAS ON A MISSION WHEN HE WAS ON VACATION.

KENNY LIVED ON MISSION.

HE HAD ONE GEAR, HE HAD ONE SWITCH.

SHE HAD ONE SPEED, JUST TWO SIMPLE LETTERS ON HE WASN'T ON

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HAVING BEEN IN THIS WORLD OF AUSTIN FOR ALMOST 21 YEARS.

MANY OF YOU, I KNOW MANY OF YOU I'VE HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF PASTORING AND SPEAKING OF ANDY, THAT WAS HIS SPIRIT.

THAT WAS HIS LIFE.

AND I WANT TO SPEAK IN A MANNER THAT IS WORTHY OF ANDY'S LIFE.

AND I WANT TO SPEAK AT THE SPEED OF ANDY.

I WANT TO SPEAK AT THE SPEED OF A MAN WHO, WHO LIVED LIFE AGGRESSIVELY.

HE LIVED LIFE.

HE WORKED WITH NOTHING BUT ADVANCING MOVING FORWARD.

HE WAS NEVER ON THE DEFENSIVE.

HE WAS NEVER THINKING ABOUT RETREATING, ALWAYS, ALWAYS ADVANCING.

AND THE HOPE THAT WE HAVE TODAY IS IN A MAN WHO LIVED HIS SAME LIFE.

AND HIS NAME WAS JESUS.

WHO WAS THE LAMB OF GOD.

HE WAS THE SON OF GOD.

HE WAS ALSO THE SON OF MAN, BUT HE LIVED ON MISSION.

HE LIVED FOR A MISSION AND THAT MISSION WAS EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US.

HE NEVER RETREATED.

HE NEVER RAN.

AND LIKE ANDY, HE HAD ONE SPEED AND THAT WAS DOING THE SPEED OF GOD.

IN HIS FINAL DAYS, JESUS SET HIS FACE LIKE FLINT.

WE JUST SAW AN AMAZING VIDEO OF, OF TOUCHING PICTURES AND THAT JAW, THAT FACE, THAT BODY IS THE FATHER-IN-LAW WISHES HE HAD.

AND DAVID'S TOO LATE, BUT YOU CAN DREAM.

IT WAS LIKE FLINT.

AND THAT'S WHAT THE BIBLE TELLS US ABOUT JESUS.

HIS FACE WAS LIKE FLINT IN HIS FINAL DAYS BECAUSE HE WAS GOING TO A CROSS.

HE WASN'T JUST GOING TO JERUSALEM.

HE WAS GOING TO A CROSS AND HE WAS GOING TO THAT PLACE IN WHICH HE WOULD REDEEM.

IN FACT, WE CAN SEE SOME OF THESE SYMBOLS ON THE STAGE WITH ME.

HE WAS GOING TO THAT PLACE.

THAT WAS NOT JUST A PLACE, BUT IT WAS GOING TO BE A POWER.

THE CROSS IS A POWER.

IT'S NOT JUST A SYMBOL.

IT'S NOT A TRINKET.

IT'S NOT A PIECE OF JEWELRY.

IT'S A POWER.

AND THAT POWER WOULD BE GIVEN TO YOU AND TO I AND TO ALL WHO WOULD BELIEVE IN HIM AS HE DID WHEN HE WAS EIGHT YEARS OLD IN BUFFALO, TEXAS, WHEN JESUS SAID GO TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, BUFFALO, TEXAS IS THE ENDS OF THE EARTH, BUT I WAS JUST THINKING ABOUT ANDY.

AND I THINK THAT IN SAME WAY, LIKE CHRIST, HE WAS FOCUSED.

HE WAS COMMITTED TO SAVING PEOPLE.

THAT WAS WHAT THE CHIEF BURDEN OF CHRIST WAS WHEN HE CAME TO THIS WORLD WAS TO MAKE A SAFE.

AND AS FATHER-IN-LAW SAID, HE'S SAFE.

HE IS AWOL RIGHT NOW.

HE IS TO BE ABSENT FROM THE BODY TO BE PRESENT WITH THE LORD.

AND IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE MISSION THAT CHRIST CAME AND HE ACCOMPLISHED IT.

AND IT WAS PROVEN THAT HE ACCOMPLISHED IT BY BEING RAISED FROM THE DEAD.

I REALLY WANT TO SPEAK AT THE SPEED THAT ANDY WOULD HAVE WANTED US TO SPEAK.

IN FACT, I CAN TELL YOU RIGHT NOW AS HE IS IN HEAVEN, IF HE COULD JUST COME BACK FOR A MOMENT AND TELL US, GIVE IT ALL YOU GOT, BECAUSE THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT CHRIST DID FOR US.

HE GAVE HIS ALL OVER AND OVER.

HE TOLD HIS DISCIPLES, HE TOLD THEM, HE GOES, I'M GOING TO SUFFER.

I'M GOING TO SUFFER.

I'M GOING TO BE REJECTED.

I'M GOING TO BE KILLED.

AND HE TOLD THEM THIS REPEATEDLY.

IN OTHER WORDS, HE KNEW THE, HE KNEW THE CALLING AND HE KNEW THAT WITH THE CALLING WOULD COME TROUBLE WITH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU HAVING FAMILY IN THE MILITARY, HAVING FAMILY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT EVERY DAY, YOU WALK OUT AND YOU WALK INTO THIS WORLD THAT IS CHANGING AT A PACE THAT WE'VE NEVER SEEN BEFORE, REALIZING THAT THERE'S TROUBLE.

BUT AS IT WAS SAID TODAY, WE AS GOOD PEOPLE MUST DO SOMETHING.

AND SO JESUS WOULD SAY TO THE DISCIPLES, I'M GOING TO BE REJECTED.

I'M GOING TO BE KILLED, BUT I'M TELLING YOU THIS SO THAT YOU WOULD NOT LOSE YOUR FAITH.

SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE SHAKING IN YOUR FAITH TODAY BECAUSE OF WHAT WE HAVE WATCHED IN THESE LAST FEW DAYS.

SOME OF YOU MAYBE HAVE PRAYED THAT PRAYER WHEN YOU WERE EIGHT YEARS OLD IN A BUFFALO, TEXAS, AND IT IS SHAKING YOU.

BUT JESUS SAID THIS TO HIS DISCIPLES.

GUYS.

I WANT YOU TO KNOW IT IS GOING TO SHAKE YOU.

IT IS GOING TO BE HARD.

IT IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT,

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BUT, BUT UNDERSTAND THIS.

I'M TELLING YOU THIS SO THAT YOU WOULD NOT BE ROBBED OF YOUR FAITH.

AND THEN IT CAME ALL OF A SUDDEN, OF COURSE, WHEN CHRIST WAS CRUCIFIED, THE DISCIPLES WHO HAD HEARD JESUS SAY OVER AND OVER, I'M GOING TO BE REJECTED.

I'M GOING TO BE KILLED.

AND THEN IT HAPPENED.

AND EVERY DAY WHEN YOU WALK OUT INTO THE STREETS AND OFTENTIMES YOU JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT YOU'RE GOING TO FACE.

EVEN ON A SIMPLE TRAFFIC CALL, SOMETIMES IT HAPPENS.

SOMETIMES IT VIOLENTLY HAPPENS AND SUDDENLY IT HAPPENS.

AND THE DISCIPLES IN THAT MOMENT FOUND THEIR FAITH, THEIR BELIEF IN HIM BEING NOT JUST SHAKEN, BUT IN SOME CASES LOSS, IF HE WAS GOD, WHY I'VE BEEN ON THE PHONE WITH MELISSA AND THE FAMILY AND SPEAKING, WHAT IF, IF SOME OF YOU ARE WALKING WITH THAT THOUGHT THAT WAS QUESTION MARKS.

IF THERE'S A, THERE'S A QUESTION MARK OVER THIS CASKET FOR YOU TODAY.

IF, IF, IF THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED TO MARTHA AND MARY, WHEN THEIR BROTHER LAZARUS PASSED, IF JESUS, ONE QUESTION MARK, WE DON'T HAVE OVER THIS CASKET TODAY IS WHERE HE IS BECAUSE OF HIS FAITH IN CHRIST.

AND SO LIKE LIFE AND LIKE IT WAS WITH CHRIST.

AND LIKE IT WAS WITH ANDY, ALL OF A SUDDEN, ALL OF A SUDDEN THIS HAPPENS AND WE HAVE TO DECIDE, WE HAVE TO MAKE A CHOICE.

WE HAVE TO MAKE A DECISION.

YOU'RE IN THE DASH.

FOR ME, IT WAS JANUARY THE 10TH, 1987.

I WAS ON A DEER STAND IN THE WOODS OF MISSISSIPPI.

MY FATHER WAS A PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL COACH IN THE NFL FOR MANY YEARS AND JUST FINISHED PLAYING, FORGIVE ME AND A SUGAR BOWL AT LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY.

FOR THOSE THAT UT FANS AND MEMBERS WELCOME TO THE SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE.

I WAS ON A DEER STAND AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I WOULD HEAR THESE LITTLE WHISPERS.

AND THIS IS MY PRAYER FOR YOU.

YOU'LL HEAR A WHISPER.

HERE WAS THE WHISPER ON A DEER STAND EIGHT, 10 FEET UP IN THE AIR, SOME HALF A MILE FROM THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, JUST TWO MILES SOUTH OF THE BRIDGE THERE IN NATCHEZ.

MISSISSIPPI TODAY WILL BE THE GREATEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.

AND YOU'LL NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER TODAY.

I'D NEVER HEARD A WHISPER FROM GOD WASN'T RAISED IN CHURCH.

DIDN'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT WHAT I'VE BEEN DOING NOW FOR THE LAST 32 YEARS AS A PASTOR TO PREACHER.

BUT ON THAT NEAR STAND, I HEARD A WHISPER TODAY WILL BE THE GREATEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.

AND YOU WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER TODAY.

I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO KILL THE WORLD'S LARGEST DEER THAT DAY.

AND I THOUGHT THIS WAS GOING TO BE AWESOME.

FOUR HOURS LATER, MY FATHER PASSES OF A HEART ATTACK IN THAT SMALL COUNTRY HOSPITAL, A FAIRLY LOUISIANA.

I SAID TO THE LORD IN THE BATHROOM BECAUSE I HAD WALKED FROM MY MOTHER IN THE WAITING ROOM.

AND I SAID, MOM, I HEARD GOD'S WHISPER TODAY WILL BE THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE.

I'LL NEVER, I'LL NEVER BE THE SAME AFTER TODAY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THIS MEANS, BUT I JUST KNOW ONE THING I TOLD THE LORD IN THAT BATHROOM, YOU GOT IT.

JANUARY THE 10TH WAS THE WORST DAY OF MY LIFE IN THE NATURAL, BUT IN THE SPIRITUAL, IT WAS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE.

BECAUSE ON THAT DAY, EVEN THOUGH I LOST MY EARTHLY FATHER AT 60 YEARS OF AGE, MY NFL FOOTBALL COACH AND PLAYER FATHER, MY HERO MUCH LIKE HANDY, A HUNDRED PERCENT FULL ON WORLD WAR II, VETERAN, BATTLE OF THE BULGE I COULD GO ON AND ON AND ON.

IT WAS THE GREATEST DAY OF MY LIFE BECAUSE MY EARTHLY FATHER, EVEN THOUGH HE HAD PASSED, I GAINED A HEAVENLY FATHER THAT DAY.

SO YOU HAVE A CHOICE TODAY.

YOU HAVE A CHOICE TODAY.

YOU CAN HAVE A HEAVENLY.

THAT'S WHAT ANDY HAD.

WE ALL HAVE OUR FAULTS AND WE ALL HAVE OUR MISTAKES AND WE ALL HAVE OUR GUILT.

AND WE ALL HAVE DAYS IN WHICH WE WOULD REDO, BUT THIS IS WHY HE IS CALLED THE GOD OF COMFORT.

HE COMFORTS US THAT DESPITE OUR FAULTS AND OUR FAILURES AND OUR IMPERFECTIONS, THE POWER OF THE CROSS AND THE BLOOD OF JESUS THAT WAS SACRIFICED FOR US, SAYS AS FAR AS THE EAST IS FROM THE WEST.

SO HAVE I SEPARATED YOUR SINS? AND SO TODAY ON THAT, LIKE IT WAS THAT JANUARY THE 10TH, SOME OF YOU WERE SITTING HERE AND I HOPE YOU HEAR

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THIS WHISPER AND WHISPER THAT I SAID YES TO TODAY, OR DO THEY ON THAT DAY, JANUARY THE 10TH, 1987, NUMBER ONE, I SAID YES TO THE WHISPER OF GOD THAT SAYS, GOD, YOUR PRESENCE IS REAL.

YOUR PRESENCE IS REAL.

HEBREWS 13 TELLS US I WILL NEVER LEAVE THE NOR FOR SAFETY TO THE FAMILY, ESPECIALLY MELISSA AND THE CHILDREN.

HE WILL NEVER LEAVE THE, HE WILL NEVER FORSAKE THAT HE WILL NEVER ABANDON YOU.

HE IS YOUR HEAVENLY FATHER.

HE KEEPS COVENANT.

HE IS FAITHFUL TO THE VERY END.

HE TOLD JOSHUA I'VE COMMANDED YOU.

JOSHUA, BE STRONG, LONG, AND COURAGEOUS DO NOT BE TERRIFIED NOR BE DISMAYED FOR THE LORD.

YOUR GOD IS WITH YOU.

WHERE EVER YOU GO CHIEF, AS YOU LEAVE TODAY AND YOU ARE NOT JUST A POLICE CHIEF IN MANY WAYS, YOU ARE.

YOU'RE ALSO A PASTOR.

YOU'RE A SHEPHERD.

HE'LL BE WITH YOU TO HELP THIS INCREDIBLE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT.

NUMBER ONE, YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE IN GOD'S PRESENCE AND GOD'S PRESENCE WAS MANIFESTED IN CHRIST.

NUMBER TWO, WE HAVE TODAY, THE BELIEF IN GOD'S PROMISES TODAY WILL BE THE GREATEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE.

JOE.

AND I TOOK THAT.

AND I, EVEN TO THIS VERY DAY, I WALK UNDER THAT PROMISE.

AND OF COURSE, THAT WAS A PROMISE SPECIFICALLY GIVEN TO ME.

BUT LET ME JUST TELL YOU, WE HAVE THE PROMISES OF GOD OVER AND OVER.

THE FIRST KINGS TELLS US BLISS, IT'D BE THE GOD WHO, WHATEVER HE HAS SAID, EVERYTHING THAT HE HAS PROMISED, NOT ONE WORD HAS FAILED.

GOD NEVER FAILS ON HIS PROMISE.

WHAT HE SAYS WILL COME TO PASS AND WHAT HE PROMISES TO YOU.

AND TO ME, HE WILL DELIVER.

IF HE SAYS YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN.

WHEN YOU CALL UPON HIS NAME, YOUR SINS ARE FORGIVEN IS THAT YOU HAVE ETERNAL LIFE THROUGH HIS NAME.

YOU'LL HAVE ETERNAL LIFE.

IF HE SAYS, HE'LL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU, HE WE'LL DELIVER ON HIS PROMISE.

HE IS THE GOD WHO KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

THE PSALMIST SAID, BLESS THE LORD, ALL MY SOUL.

AND ALL THAT IS WITHIN ME.

BLESS HIS NAME AND DO NOT FORGET.

WATCH THIS, WATCH THIS, HIS BENEFIT PACKAGE, HIS PROMISES.

HE'S GOT A PROMISE PACKAGE.

IT SAYS THIS.

HE PARDONS ALL YOUR GUILT.

HE HEALS ALL YOUR DISEASES.

HE REDEEMED YOUR LIFE FROM THE PIT.

HE CROWNS YOU WITH FAVOR AND COMPASSION.

HE WILL SATISFY YOUR YEARS.

HE WILL BRING SATISFACTION WITH GOOD THINGS.

AND I KNOW WE CAN SIT HERE TODAY AND SAY HE WAS 37.

HE WAS 37, BUT I ALSO HAVE TO COME BACK AND THINK ABOUT HOW HE WAS LIVING HIS LIFE.

AND HE WOULD'VE NOT WANTED TO LIVE IT ANY OTHER WAY.

HE WOULD HAVE NOT WANTED TO BUILD IKEA FURNITURE.

HE WOULD HAVE NEVER WANTED TO LIVE THAT KIND OF LIFE.

AND HE WAS DOING EXACTLY WHAT SATISFIES HIM.

AND THAT IS WHERE WE TAKE COMFORT AND HOPE.

TODAY.

IT'S ALREADY BEEN SAID, AS DAVE DECLARED, LIVE IT, TAKE IT FROM HERE.

I'VE HEARD THAT OVER AND OVER TO THIS MORNING.

TAKE IT FROM HERE.

WE'LL TAKE IT FROM HERE.

I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TO TAKE IT FROM HERE.

TAKE THE GOOD NEWS THAT GOD'S PRESENCE IS HERE.

HIS PROMISES ARE HERE AND THEY'RE FAITHFUL.

NUMBER THREE, HE'S GOT PEOPLE.

HE'S GOT HIS PRESENCE.

HE'S GOT HIS PROMISES.

THIRDLY, HE'S GOT PEOPLE.

AND I WANT TO JUST SAY, WE NEED ONE ANOTHER.

THIS FAMILY WILL NEED YOU.

YOU NEED THE FAMILY.

IT'S AN INCREDIBLE STATEMENT THAT PAUL, THE APOSTLE MAKES, HE SAYS WE WERE IN MACEDONIA.

HE SAYS I HAD NO REST FOR MY FLESH.

WE WERE AFFLICTED ON EVERY SIDE CONFLICT ON THE OUTSIDE FEAR ON THE INSIDE.

IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS A POLICE OFFICER WATCH THIS, BUT GOD WHO COMFORTS THE DISCOURAGED COMFORTED US BY THE ARRIVAL OF GOD, COMFORTS US BY THE ARRIVAL OF PEOPLE, THE POWER OF THE OTHER, BECAUSE YOU CAN'T DO THIS ALONE.

I WANT TO ENCOURAGE EVERY ONE OF YOU, MEN AND WOMEN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, ESPECIALLY TALK TO SOMEBODY, TALK TO THE CHAPLAIN.

THIS IS WHAT'S SO AWESOME ABOUT THIS.

ABOUT THIS DEPARTMENT, YOU ARE TIGHT.

DON'T GO ALONE.

DON'T TRY TO HANDLE THIS ALONE.

I SAY TO THE FAMILY, AS IT HAS ALREADY BEEN DECLARED TO YOU, WE ARE WITH YOU.

YOU WILL NOT BE ALONE, BUT HE COMFORTS US IN PEOPLE IN RELATIONSHIPS.

THAT'S HOW GOD WORKS.

HIS PRESENCE.

ISRAEL, HIS PROMISES ARE REAL.

HE'S REAL IN HIS PEOPLE.

AND THEN LASTLY, I WANT TO CHALLENGE YOU TO BELIEVE IN GOD PLACE.

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AND IN THE BOOK OF JOHN CHAPTER 14, JESUS SAID, DON'T BE TROUBLED.

DON'T LET YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED.

BELIEVE IN GOD.

BELIEVE ALSO IN ME, IF YOU BELIEVE IN GOD, JESUS SAID, BELIEVE IN ME THAT IN MY FATHER'S HOUSE ARE MANY ROOMS. AND IF THAT WERE NOT, SO I WOULD HAVE TOLD YOU, IN OTHER WORDS, I DON'T JUST SAY THINGS.

I'M NOT TRYING.

I'M NOT TRIVIAL.

NOTHING THAT COMES OUT OF HIS MOUTH IS, IS JOKING.

HE GOES, I'M TELLING YOU WHEN I TELL YOU THAT I HAVE A PLACE AND IT IS A PLACE THAT IS FILLED WITH LIFE, I AM GOING THERE TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU.

AND IF I GO AND PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU, I AM COMING AGAIN.

AND I WILL TAKE YOU TO MYSELF SO THAT WHERE I AM THERE, YOU WILL BE ALSO, AND YOU KNOW, THE WAY WHERE I AM GOING.

AND THOMAS SAID, LORD, HOW DO WE KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING? HOW CAN WE KNOW THE WAY? AND JESUS SAID, I AM THE WAY, BUT I LOVE ABOUT THIS IS HE DOESN'T SAY IT IS THE WAY CHRISTIANITY IS NOT THE WAY CHRIST IS THE WAY CHRIST DIDN'T COME DOWN TO ESTABLISH ANOTHER RELIGION.

I LIKE YOU REMEMBER, LUBY'S BACK IN THE DAY.

IT'S NOT ANOTHER OPTION ON THE BUFFET BAR.

HE DIDN'T SAY, YOU KNOW, THEY NEED THIS KIND OF RELIGION AND THIS KIND OF SYSTEM.

NO, HE DIDN'T COME TO BRING A RELIGION OR A SYSTEM.

HE IS THE GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE.

IT'S CHRIST.

IT'S HIM THAT JANUARY THE 10TH, 1987 DAY, I DIDN'T SAY YES TO A SYSTEM OR TO A RELIGION.

I SAID YES TO A PERSON.

I DIDN'T SAY YES TO PASTORING.

I SAID YES, TO A PERSON WHO WOULD LEAD ME INTO PASTOR.

YOU'RE NOT SAYING YES TO A SYSTEM OR TO A RELIGION OR TO A THING.

IT'S TO A PERSON.

HE GOES, I AM THE WAY AND THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.

IN OTHER WORDS, THIS IS NOT, THIS IS NOT JUST AN IDEA OF CONCEPT.

IT'S A PLACE, A REAL PLACE.

AND I AM THE WAY AND NO ONE CAN COME EXCEPT THROUGH ME.

THIS IS A SAD DAY.

THIS IS A SAD WEEK.

I HOPE WE NEVER HAVE TO COME HERE AGAIN.

PASTOR SAM, I HOPE CHIEF A RANDALL OR CHAPLAIN RANDALL.

I HOPE I NEVER GET THAT PHONE CALL AGAIN FROM YOU, BUT I'M HERE TO TELL YOU, WE ARE SURROUNDED BY HOPE AND BY GOD'S GRACE TODAY.

AND IF WE CONFESS HIM AS OUR LORD, AS HE, IN THAT BUFFALO DAY OF THAT SMALL BAPTIST CHURCH AT THE AGE OF EIGHT, CONFESS JESUS WITH YOUR MOUTH AND BELIEVE IN YOUR HEART THAT GOD RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD.

YOU'LL BE SAFE.

LIKE ANDY SAYS, FOR, WITH THE HEART, A PERSON BELIEVES RESULTING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS, BELIEF RESULTING IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND WITH THE MOUTH HE CONFESSES RESULTING IN SALVATION FOR THE SCRIPTURE, SAYS WHOEVER BELIEVES IN JESUS WILL NEVER BE PUT TO SHAME.

LET US PRAY.

GOD.

I THANK YOU.

THAT YOU'RE THE GOD OF REALITY.

AND WHETHER IT WAS JANUARY THE 10TH, 1987 FOR 21 YEAR OLD ON A DEER STAND, OR GOD, THE MEN AND WOMEN THAT ARE IN THIS ROOM WHO ARE IN THAT MOMENT, IN THAT DAY, IN THAT TIME, OR FOR A FAMILY THAT STANDS AND SITS HERE TODAY IN FRONT OF A, OF A CASKET.

I PRAY GOD FOR YOUR PRESENCE TO COME.

AND I PRAYED JUST AS REAL AS YOU WERE FOR ME.

BE REAL TO EACH.

AND EVERY ONE THAT LORD, INSTEAD OF GETTING ANGRY OR BECOMING BITTER LORD, I PRAY OUT OF THIS DAY AND OUT OF THIS SEASON, WE'LL NOT BE BITTER MEN AND WOMEN, BITTER FAMILY, BITTER GOOD ARE KIDS, BUT BETTER KIDS.

NOT THAT WE WOULD WISH IT ANY THAT WE WOULD NOT WANT HIM BACK.

BUT LORD, WE TRUST YOU THAT YOU'RE THE GOD WHO MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.

WOULD YOU SHOW YOURSELF STRONG AND LORD, YOU SAID, IF ANY MAN OR ANY WOMAN JUST SAYS, JESUS, COME INTO MY HEART.

YOU WILL SAVE THEM AND FORGIVE THEM.

GOD YOU WOULD DO.

EVEN NOW, AS YOU DID IN ANDY'S LIFE, WRITE HIS NAME IN THE LAMB'S BOOK OF LIFE, NEVER TO BE ERASED.

SO GOD, WE THANK YOU TODAY FOR A LIFE THAT LIVED NOT LIVING TO PLEASE HIMSELF, BUT TO SAVE OTHERS, JUST LIKE YOU.

JESUS.

WHEN I THINK ABOUT HIM AND THIS INCREDIBLE FAMILY, FOSTERING 13 CHILDREN, NOTHING SAYS MORE ABOUT THIS FAMILY THAN THAT, THAT GOD, THEY LOVED PEOPLE

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AND THEY LOVED PEOPLE BECAUSE GOD, YOU LOVE PEOPLE.

AND WE THANK YOU THAT YOU LOVE US COMFORT EACH AND EVERY FAMILY MEMBER HERE TODAY.

I PRAY GOD, YOUR COMFORT OVER EVERY MAN AND WOMAN IN LAW ENFORCEMENT THAT HAS COME NOT JUST FROM THE CITY, BUT FROM AROUND THIS STATE.

AND EVEN THIS COUNTRY, WE PRAY OVER THIS CITY, LORD OVER ALL THOSE THAT ARE IN LEADERSHIP.

AND I PRAY GOD FOR THIS CHIEF THAT YOU WILL STRENGTHEN HIM WITH COURAGE, STRENGTHEN HIM WITH BOLDNESS AND WITH COMPASSION, LORD, WE NEED YOU.

AND WE THANK YOU THAT YOU ARE HERE.

BE WITH THIS FAMILY, ESPECIALLY IN JESUS NAME.

AMEN.

BEFORE WE CLOSE THIS SERVICE, I WANT YOU TO THE SEQUENCE OF EVENTS THAT WILL FOLLOW IMMEDIATELY.

AFTER THE PRAYER, EVERYONE WILL BE DISMISSED TO REASSEMBLE AND POLICE HONORS WILL BE HELD OUTSIDE.

AS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH THE PROCESS TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE RIFLE VOLLEYS.

THE FIRST THING, HOWEVER THAT I WILL DO IS I WILL DISMISS ALL OF THE OFFICERS IN THE ROOM TO FORM THE WALL OF HONOR, BUT I WANT TO DO ONE THING BEFORE WE DO THAT.

I SAID AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SERVICE, WE HAVE BEEN IN THIS PLACE AND IN THIS SPACE WAY TOO MANY TIMES, ONE OF THE CUSTOMS THAT WE HAVE BEGUN AT THE AUSTIN POLICE DEPARTMENT IS TO HAVE AN EXPRESSION OF GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION