A Texas mayor is graveling, issuing repeated apologies for falling asleep at a fallen hero's funeral.
"Austin, Texas, Mayor Steve Adler issued another apology on Wednesday evening for appearing to sleep during a funeral for fallen Officer Anthony 'Tony' Martin, who died in traffic crash last month while returning home his night shift," reported Fox News.
"I regret that my actions distracted attention away from a somber moment," Adler said.
Adler is leaving office in a few months.
"May his memory be a blessing to his family, and to the city he served," Adler added.
"Officer Martin, who joined the Austin Police Department in 2006 after two decades of service in the Air Force, was laid to rest this week," according to Fox News.
If you're going to defund and destroy a police department as their mayor then attend a highly respected officer's funeral, perhaps do not continue to disrespect that officer's family, friends, and other officers by falling asleep. pic.twitter.com/YDZglVzyIM
— Justin Berry (@realJustinBerry) October 3, 2022
"Photos of Mayor Adler with his head down and eyes closed surfaced soon after the funeral, prompting harsh criticism from law enforcement advocates and the officer's widow," according to Fox.
"This service wasn’t just a check list for us. It was the honor & respect of a man who has served his country and community his WHOLE life. My family needed to see him honored not [disrespected]," Amberlee Martin said.
I want to again express my deepest apologies to the family of Officer Tony Martin, who will forever be honored as a hero. I regret that my actions distracted attention away from a somber moment. May his memory be a blessing to his family, and to the city he served.
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"I have endless memories that I hold in my heart, but sadly that’s all I have now," Martin's daughter, Ashley, said during his funeral service. "My dad was always my hero, my protector, and my inspiration. He was my fearless leader. No matter how scary the path was, I knew I could follow him."
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