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5/23/07

Fallen Officer Laid To Rest

He's the first of two Henderson County officers to be buried after a deadly shootout last week.

63 year old investigator Paul Habelt was fatally shot on Thursday while he was responding to a domestic disturbance in Payne Springs. Another officer, 61 year old Deputy Tony Ogburn was also killed in the shootout. Today, family and friends gathered at the First Baptist Church in Athens for Paul Habelt's funeral.

Hundreds of law enforcment officers from across the state were there including inured Henderson County Deputy Kevin Harris. The Henderson County officer was shot in the leg during the shootout.

Officers lined the walkway into the church as Habelt's family made their way inside. The officer was remembered not as an man who's life was taken in the line of duty, but as a public servant who gave it doing a job he believed in.

Pastor John Green said, "To him, being a peace officer was more than a job. It was a ministry and a calling and that's the way he treated the people in this county and those who worked with him."

Marc Jones, a local pastor who wanted to show his support and concern for the family, says, "When something happens, the whole town surrounds everyone and comes up underneath them and walks with them through tragedies."

Paul Habelt was buried with honors at the Old Goshen Cemetery near Eustace.

He is survived by his wife, Nita, and their six children and 13 grandchildren.  

Lindsay Wilcox/Reporting: lwilcox@kltv.com

 

 

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