Police officers who went above and beyond the call of duty were honored by the Abilene Police Department (APD), in an awards ceremony on Wednesday.
There were more than 20 merit-based awards presented at the ceremony, held Wednesday morning, in the police department’s conference room. Patrol officer Matt Armbruster was presented the Officer of the Year award..
“Ever since I was a kid, I’d watch ‘Cops, so I always wanted to be an officer. When I put on this uniform I try to earn that privilege to be an officer and to earn the badge.” Armbruster said.
Armbruster said he was humbled by the honor and that he thinks other officers were also deserving of this prestigious award.
“They don’t get recognized for it. Every day they’re out there, they’re doing a great job and making a huge impact on this community, and I’m certainly honored to be considered for this, but like I said, I definitely think there’s better officers than I am,” Armbruster said.
Marcus Dudley, Abilene Chief of Police, says Armbruster’s peers say the same about him.
“The people they work alongside felt that they were deserving of that reward, and it’s my honor to be able to provide those rewards to each of those recipients today,” said Chief Dudley.
“There’s really nothing else I’d rather be doing. I certainly think that this is a job that requires a calling and I know that times are tough right now with law enforcement, with the community, with everything that’s going on, but I truly love doing my job and being here everyday,” Armbruster said.
Armbruster says he still has much more to accomplish and he’s happy to be doing a job he loves.