Austin Police sergeant dies after suffering severe burns while off duty

Austin Police Sergeant Gary Christenberry died on Friday after suffering severe burns in an accident at his home while he was off duty. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

An Austin Police sergeant has died after he suffered severe burns in an accident while he was off duty earlier this month.

According to a GoFundMe page set up by his daughter, Sgt. Gary Christenberry suffered burns over 29 percent of his body due to an accident in his home on September 12.

APD Assistant Chief Frank Dixon tweeted the news of Christenberry's death on Friday, saying "It is with a heavy heart that we now mourn the passing of Sgt. Gary Christenberry, after his valiant battle. Please pray for his family."

Christenberry was commissioned by the Austin Police department on July 9, 1993 and had been serving as a sergeant since 2008.

APD Chief Brian Manley released the following statement on Christenberry's passing:

Today the Austin Police Department lost a friend, mentor, leader and dedicated officer, Sergeant Gary Christenberry. Gary was commissioned as an Austin Police Officer on July 9, 1993. He promoted to Corporal on January 16, 2002 and to Sergeant on July 3, 2008. He was assigned to the Henry 200s (South Central) at the time of his passing.
Both Gary’s family and his extended APD family rallied around him following an off duty accident at his home where he was severely burned. We remain gathered together now to remember and honor him. We are indebted to Gary’s wife of 30 years, son, daughters, grandchildren and extended family for giving us the gift of knowing him.
Gary will be remembered as the hero he was to many. He will be greatly missed and we thank him and his family for the 24 years of public service he provided our Austin community.

Most recently, Christenberry patrolled the south central Austin area.

The body of Sgt. Christenberry was tramsferred from San Antonio back to Austin Saturday afternoon, according to a department spokesperson. Funeral plans are being made and will be announced soon.

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