Monday, December 8, 2008

In memory of...

We have lost a family member. Our brother in blue was shot and killed on Sunday. It is with great sorrow that I write this blog today. An HPD veteran, husband and father was ambushed while giving chase to a crook and a coward.

The following story was written by Anita Hassan with the Houston Chronicle:

Timothy Abernethy's adventurous spirit and love of a good challenge drove him to tackle duties with the Houston Police Department that included serving on the dive team, working on bike patrol and fighting gangs. "If he could have flown to the moon, he would have," said his wife of 21 years, Stephanie. The 11-year HPD veteran was preparing for his next challenge — the bomb squad — when his life was cut short Sunday during a traffic stop in northwest Houston. The slaying shook family, friends and colleagues, who recounted the 43-year-old's calm demeanor and helpful nature. "I tell you, everybody's pretty devastated," said Gary Blankinship, president of the Houston Police Officers' Union. Earlier this year, Blankinship chose Abernethy to sit on the union's finance committee because of his character and credentials. "This guy is probably one of the most honest and conscientious people I've ever known," Blankinship said. "He was just beyond reproach. "The fifth of seven children, the officer grew up in Whidbey Island, Wash. His family returned frequently to visit his parents. "He loved that island," his wife said. The couple met in Pensacola, Fla., where they both served in the Navy. Family members described Abernethy as a caring, Christian man who was always willing to help. "He was just such a nice guy," said Abernethy's brother-in-law Steve Turnbow, 44. "He was more than a brother-in-law. He was a friend." Following in his own father's footsteps, Abernethy joined the Navy, where he worked as an electronics technician on submarines for nearly eight years. After three more years of odd jobs, Abernethy joined HPD in 1997. While she was apprehensive about her husband becoming a police officer, Stephanie Abernethy knew she had to let him do it.
"It just fit everything about him," his wife said. "He just wanted to help people."
She recalled that during her husband's first week as a patrol officer, he helped a woman who was being followed by an ex-boyfriend. That woman later baked him a cake to thank him. "That's just an example of what kind of officer he was," Stephanie Abernethy said. She noted that he was excited about his new post on the bomb squad. "He was just on cloud nine," she said.
Along with a commitment to his career, Timothy Abernethy was a devoted husband and father of two children — a 21-year-old daughter, Olivia, who just graduated from Texas A&M University, and a 20-year-old son, Tim, who is stationed in Italy with the U.S. Navy.
"He was just all about his family and all about me," Stephanie Abernethy said. "Everything and anything he did was selfless." The family is reeling from the loss. For her, the events are still surreal. "The emotions haven't sunken in yet," she said. "But I know they will." Staff writer Lindsay Wise contributed.

Please feel free to leave comments of condolence. I will make sure the family receives them.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

God Bless you all...

Anonymous said...

Fallen hero. Thank you for protecting us against evil. God will welcome you with wide open arms.

Anonymous said...

To my brother in blue. Thank you for being you. You always had my back. I will see you again.

Anonymous said...

Stay strong and true. God bless.

Tom Peterson said...

My heart and prayers go out to the family of this fallen hero. I to know what it is like to lose someone you love in the line of duty. May God bless you and your family in this time of need. All our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless this fallen hero and may he rest in peace. I know that the City of Houston and its residents are better off for having this officer police their city. May me all take a moment of silence to honor this fallen hero............... God Bless

Eric Olson said...

I can only hope that if I am accepted into the HPD, I can serve with the amount of dedication and love Officer Abernathy displayed.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Abernathy. Thank you for all his hard work and dedicated service. He is truly a hero.

If there is any fund to help his family in these hard times, please let us all know so we can give what we can.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers. The 100 Club has a sight that you can donate to the family. I believe it is
www.the100club.com

Anonymous said...

To the brave man and family of, I pray for you. God Bless.

Anonymous said...

REST IN PEACE BROTHER IN BLUE.....YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. GODSPEED TO YOUR FAMILY AMD FRIENDS...

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are with you...

Anonymous said...

You and your family should be proud of the service that he provided to the City of Houston and the many people that he touched during his service as a Police Officer. Stay strong and my prayers are with you and your family.

Anonymous said...

My wife and I are asking that God give you peace & comfort. I am only 2.5 months from serving w/ HPD on the streets of Houston and hope to do so just as Timothy did. An Officer came out to the Academy today to explain to us what happened and had incredible things to say about him. What an awesome husband, dad, and Officer! God bless and guide you & your family.

Ghostrider said...

To the Abernethy family and to his Brothers and Sisters in Blue. The men and women of the Houston Metro FOP lodge 98 would like to officer our condolances. Our hearts and prayers are with both his families in this time of sorrow.

Anonymous said...

May God be with HPD and the family and friends. This is something we never want to see, but when god want you is will come get you. GOD BLESS ALL!!!!!

Anonymous said...

My prayers go out to his family and friends and the HPD extended family! God Bless always!

Anonymous said...

My heart goes out to Abernethy's family and I wish only the best for them.

I just wanted to say you have a great blog and this is actually one of the things I love most. You aren't hiding anything or trying to sugar coat the life of an officer. What you have been writing is very real and that really means something.

All the comments I see come up only back-up what you say about how there is a real connection between officers.

I have thought to become a police officer quite a few times and reading your posts only reinforces how I feel.

Please continue your great work.

Tracey Paxton said...

I was deeply touched and saddened when I read about the terrible news in the Houston Chronicle on Sun.I was really admired about the great service,honor and dedication that he invested while on the police force. My hearts and prayers go out to him and his family.I know God is smiling in heaven on all his accomplishments:)

Tabitha Norvell said...

As I said on Police Link RIP Brother! My heart goes out to the Family, his friends, and everybody who served with him. My thoughts and prayers are with each one of you!

Tabitha

Rincon 8408 said...

may GOD bless you and your family brother Abernethy...thanks for your service to our city...you will be missed