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Aubrey Hawkins (KC5USI)
I post this only as a fellow Law Enforcement Officer. I did not personally know Aubrey Hawkins however I felt this should be posted. This notice came via the ARRL :
Slain Texas police officer was amateur: An Irving, Texas, police officer shot and killed after answering a robbery call was an Amateur Radio operator. Aubrey W. Hawkins, KC5USI, a Technician licensee, died on Christmas Eve while responding a robbery-in-progress call. He was 29.
Hawkins had been a police officer in Irving since October 1999. Police said this week that seven escaped prison inmates wanted in connection with the killing remain at large. An Eagle Scout, Hawkins was active in RACES and
SKYWARN. Marv Kontak, N5MK, reports that more than 2000 attended Hawkins' funeral December 28. Hawkins' wife and a nine-year-old son survive.--
Contributed by: Glenn Olson (K9GLN)
Aubrey was the Irving Police officer killed in the line of duty while he was responding to a hold up alarm at an Irving, TX Oshmans.
I knew Aubrey from the days before the internet was a buzz word. We used to buy and sell computer stuff over fidonet. He always had some new gadget that he was playing with. He was especially fond of emergency equipment. We really didn't do to anything together on the air because he lived so far away, but when we did, it was always fun.
Contributed by: (KB5VPS)
I was one of Aubrey's elmers. He had always been interested in ham radio, but I don't think he realized how easy it was to get licensed.
I'll never forget when I met him. I was training K9 Police Dogs, and he was interested in learning more about them. At the time, I was driving a S-10 Blazer, and I had 4 ham radio antennas on it, with the associated radios with it. Boy, did his eyes light up when he saw the truck -- I don't think he'd ever seen so many antennas in his life.
For a few minutes, he even forgot about the K9 police dog I was transporting.
We spent several weeks, my working my drug dog, and in between calls, talking about radios. Shortly after, he went to Hamcom, obtained his license and joined skywarn.
The things I remember most about Aubrey was how much he loved dogs -- I don't think he'd have ever made a K-9 officer, because he had a hard time hurting one. It took a lot of convincing to get him to fight hard enough to get Aysha to fight him!
And how much he loved gadgets and loved the internet.
Contributed by: Kathleen Weaver (N5EZQ)
Aubrey called me the "moon man" because that was my CB handle when we met about 1982. I was driving down a street in University Park that he lived one block from at his mother's condo. He got me on Channel 12 from his magnet-mount CB whip that he had sitting on his floor. I asked him if I could stop by and visit for a minute as I was on my way home. We got to know each other over the air and I eventually helped him mount a good base antenna at the condo.
We would frequently visit the downtown Dallas swapfest on the first Saturday of each month, as they actually had ham gear being traded and sold back then, not just computer stuff. He started getting interested in police and emergency response work. He joined Dallas Police Explorers, and later took some medical courses and volunteered as a firefighter in Whitesboro TX. He and I were in Dallas County REACT in the early 80's.
He liked buying emergency response equipment (radios, sirens, etc) at flea markets. One time he bought an electronic siren and mounted it in his mom's car. Everything was fine until he fired up the siren and since the siren horn was mounted close to the oil filter (it may have been actually sitting on top of the filter), the noise cracked the filter and he had oil running out of the engine when he got the car home. Man I bet his mom got ticked at that!
I remember when he volunteered as a firefighter for Whitesboro VFD and he would run code from his father's house at Arapaho/Preston all the way to the state line!
Still missing you Aubrey!
Contributed by: Mike Scott (N5LZX)
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