Police officer/pilot Billy Anders, 1979
He flew police helicopters in San Antonio, Texas, from 1975 - 1981 as a member of Foxtrot, the Police Department aviation unit, now known as Blue Eagle.
Retirement, SAPD Captain,
"It was an honor to help serve and protect the citizens of San Antonio; and the Alamo, the Cradle of Texas Liberty!"
Billy Anders was commissioned an Air Force officer in 1965. He became a police officer in 1974 and began flying police helicopters in 1975. His law enforcement career spanned 31 years...23 of those were in San Antonio, Texas; the remainder were in New Mexico. He retired from the Air Force (Res) Security Police in 1993.
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Committed to helping new officers learn from his experiences, good and bad!
San Antonio Police Cadet Class November 1974, "74C", Anders at front left.
Otero County sheriff's deputy, Cloudcroft,
New Mexico, retired as Sergeant in 2005.
Mountain deputies of OCSO, Dec 31, 1999, the day before Y2K, the only day all four officers worked the same shift in over seven years!
Below - L to R: Sgt Jeff Farmer, Billy Anders, Don Harris, and Sandy Munoz.
Deputy Sheriff Bob Hedman, Jr., above, was killed in the line of duty on December 18, 2004, just east of Cloudcroft, New Mexico. The book at left is dedicated to him. He was a retired member of the U. S. Army, a Vietnam veteran. Profits from the sale of this book go to his family. He sacrificed his life in an effort to save a three year old child, a little girl. Somehow, it worked, and she lived. Bob was my friend.
Review by Sandy Kashmar, Editor, Vamonos Magazine, Ruidoso, New Mexico, May 28, 2009…
“This reporter thoroughly enjoyed every page of 'A Cop's Prison Letters to Cloudcroft' - it’s not just about a cop finding himself in prison. It’s about connecting both with your past and your future.
The letters are tender, poignant and universal in nature. And fascinating, as well. Anders delivers a thoughtful and most interesting book that both honors the tradition of peace officer and son of New Mexico while remaining largely about human nature and experience.
While certainly future police officers can learn from some of the stories shared in the book, there is much for the average person dealing with life - the essence of daily gratitude, the sharing of common experiences – all are here... The book is compelling - it is difficult to put down.”