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‘Blue Angels of Texas’: Supporting Families of First Responders

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Within the past year, two San Antonio police officers have lost their lives in the line of duty. It’s a job filled with danger, and one local woman believes that as a community we can do much better to prevent such horrible misfortunes. Speaking with KENS 5, she noted that times and people are changing, and the amount of hatred that seems to be swelling within communities has to stop. That’s why she founded Blue Angels of Texas, a new nonprofit designed to complement the 100 Club of San Antonio, whose mission it is to assist the families of fallen or injured law enforcement, EMTs, and firefighters.

‘Blue Angels of Texas’: Supporting Families of First Responders

Photo: Facebook/San Antonio Police Department

Lucy Aldaba founded Blue Angels of Texas in the aftermath of the loss of SAPD officers Benjamin Marconi and Miguel Moreno in two separates incidents within the city of San Antonio. Officer Marconi was killed in an ambush outside of police headquarters, and Officer Moreno lost his life in a shootout close to San Antonio College. On both of these occasions, Aldaba laid flowers at their memorials but wanted to do something more. “I’ve talked to several officers myself and asked, ‘What is it that we could do for you?'” she said. “Every answer I’ve gotten has been ‘The community to support us. To support us, that when we walk out that door we know there are people behind us.”

‘Blue Angels of Texas’: Supporting Families of First Responders

Photo: Facebook/San Antonio Police Department

In her interview with KENS 5, Aldaba explained, “[It] inspired me to do something about what our officers are going through not only citywide but nationwide. I was trying to focus in on what we could do to make a difference in every life. So people will come together in a time of crisis and that people stick together…Whether it be something simple like a graduation party or if a father is not there, maybe gone [for a moment] because he was hurt in the line of duty, anything we could do for the families that would help.” Any burden which these families are facing, she noted that a “blue angel” will be there.

‘Blue Angels of Texas’: Supporting Families of First Responders
Photo: Facebook/San Antonio Police Department

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