Commitment to excellence, effort and teamwork are on full display every week under the Friday night lights, and not just from Austin ISD's standout football teams.
The district is honoring some of Austin's finest police officers prior to kickoff every week in conjunction with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
The district recognized two standouts Sept. 2 at Nelson Field and Burger Stadium.
Officer Katy Ricker has been with APD for five years and was honored prior to the Austin High vs. Akins matchup at Burger Stadium for her efforts during the Oct. 30, 2015, floods. Ricker risked her life to save a woman trapped in rising waters of Onion Creek, pulling her to safety.
APD Sergeant Jeff Crawford, a 26-year veteran, has worked in patrols, SWAT, gang unit, homicide and special events. He currently supervises the bomb squad, explosive-detecting K-9 unit and the dive team. He was saluted by the crowd at Nelson field prior to Bowie's clash with LBJ.
Austin ISD will honor Austin police officers prior to games throughout the season, and has plans to expand the recognitions to include Austin ISD police officers.
To nominate an officer for recognition, please send the officer's name and a brief description of his or her service to Steve Vittorini, director of the Greater Austin FCA, at email@example.com.