Hundreds gather for fallen officer's funeral

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News

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Posted on October 21, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 21 at 5:18 PM

AUSTIN -- Hundreds of law enforcement officers packed inside a South Austin church for the funeral of Austin Police Department Lieutenant Clay Crabb, 42. The Bannockburn Baptist Church was standing room only as family, friends and officers from across the region came to pay their respects Monday morning.

Lt. Crabb died on Oct. 16 while driving to work on U.S. Highway 290 near Dripping Springs. He lived there with his wife and three young children. Officials say his unmarked car hydroplaned and crossed into oncoming traffic. Investigators say they believe wet roads are to blame.

Following the entrance procession of police and sheriff's deputies, loved ones and colleagues in uniform sat and listened to details about Lt. Crabb's life. He was remembered as a brother in blue, a man of faith and a loving husband and father.

Supervisors talked about his 19-year career in law enforcement in Austin and San Angelo. They talked about how he grew up in South Dakota and Harlingen, Texas. They also talked about his personality, how his sharp humor and quick wit made him a friend to all who met him.

Crabb was a devoted Texas Aggie with a dry sense of humor and a heart filled with love for his family.
His sister recalled how he helped care for their mother when she was dying from cancer.

"Clay held my mom's basin when she was sick. He gave her her medicine, and he talked to her when she could no longer reply," said Hollie Crabb Osbourn.

Friends say an outpouring of support like the one seen Monday will help his family and the department heal.

"Anytime we lose one of our own, we are brothers in blue, we take that serious. Anytime something bad happens to one of us, it happens to all of us," Retired Lt. Craig Cannon said.

Following the service a procession for Lt. Crabb traveled to the Cook-Walden Forest Oaks Funeral Home on William Cannon Drive.

While at the Austin Police Department, Lt. Crabb earned a total of 16 commendations and awards.

Those wishing to make donations can do so by contacting the 100 Club of Central Texas or Austin Cops for Charities. The donations should be made in the name of Lt. Clay Crabb. 

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