By Amanda Spence
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AUSTIN, Texas — Senior Police Officer Anthony “Tony” Martin, 54, died in a crash while riding his issued motorcycle on September 23 on his way home from working a night shift with the Austin Police Department. Fox 7 reported that Martin was moving west as a vehicle going east turned left in front of him.
The 100 Club of Central Texas has begun a Survivor Fund for his family, according to KXAN.
“Our mission is to help ease this burden so they can focus on honoring the life of their loved one,” the Club said in a statement.
The nonprofit Austin Cops 4 Charities is also raising money for Martin’s family. They’ve raised around $15,000 so far.
“Right now they’re grieving so hard and there’s going to be so many burdens financially that may come up. And we’re just here to provide that assistance financially, emotionally as well. We’re grieving. Our brother passed and as funeral arrangements are being planned, just keep the family in your thoughts and prayers,” Cpl. Bino Cadenas, chair of Austin Cops 4 Charities, said.
Martin was a veteran of the United States Air Force Security Forces, according to ODMP.com. He was with the Austin police department for 15 years. He leaves behind a wife, son and two daughters, as well as a granddaughter and his parents.