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AUGUST 22, 2015: JAIME PADRON GOLF TOURNAMENT ~ Click Here to register online
ACCIDENTAL DEATH of an APD OFFICER: Senior Police Officer Paul L. Johnson, #6158​
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Austin Police Association
5817 Wilcab Road, Suite 1
Austin, Texas 78721
(512) 474-6993

LETTER FROM CHIEF ACEVEDO:

All,

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the death of Senior Police Officer Paul L. Johnson, #6158 of the G700s.  Officer Johnson and some of his shift mates were on a get-away in  Angel Fire, NM earlier today when Officer Johnson was doing what he loved to do, flying an Ultralight ‎aircraft. While in flight  the engine malfunctioned, resulting in the craft quickly losing altitude and impacting the ground. Sadly, Officer Johnson was killed instantly upon impact.‎

Officer Johnson was 46 years old and leaves behind his wife Suzanne, 13 year-old daughter Reta, and 9 year-old son Clifford.

‎As can be imagined, the family has asked that folks refrain from visiting or calling today in order for them to have the opportunity to process this tragic news. The department will advise when visitors and calls are welcome. 

APA has made arrangements for two of Officer Johnson's shift-mates to remain in New Mexico pending the release of his body and our Honor Guard will coordinate bringing Paul home.

Victim Services and departmental chaplains are in contact with the family and a message will be sent out later today which will provide information on a peer support de-briefing ‎for those wishing to participate. 

I want you all to know that having personally known Paul and having been on the receiving end of his warm smile and personality, I am greatly saddened by today's tragedy. Having said that, I am comforted by the fact that he was doing something he loved to do and was with close friends, and lived his life to the fullest. 

Please take a moment today to pray for Paul, his family and for all of those who knew and loved him.

With Heavy Heart and Deepest Sympathy,

Art Acevedo
Chief of Police

BACKGROUND:
Austin police officer dies in ultra-gliding accident

By William Malm Published: May 16, 2015, 8:37 pm  Updated: May 17, 2015, 10:37 am

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A senior Austin police officer died in a para-glider crash early Saturday in Angel Fire, New Mexico. According to our sister station KRQE, Paul L. Johnson took off from the Angel Fire airport early Saturday morning. Around 8:30 a.m. he called a friend to say he was stuck in a field and would try and take off again.

Johnson was found dead in a field near the airport with his para-glider later that day. State police say they do not know what caused the crash.

46-year-old Johnson leaves behind a wife and two children.

AINSLEY PIRCHER FUNDRAISER ~ 
AUSTIN COPS FOR CHARITIES HAS ORGANIZED A FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO ASSIST OFFICER MARK PIRCHER AND HIS FAMILY IN THEIR LONG JOURNEY IN HELPING THEIR DAUGHTER AINSLEY WITH PFEIFFER’S SYNDROME ....

If you would like to donate to Austin Cops for Charities via check or money order, please make check/money order payable to Austin Cops for Charities, and mail to the following address:
Austin Police Association
5817 Wilcab Road, Suite 1
Austin, Texas 78721
(512) 474-6993

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