ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – One year ago, The Abilene Police Department lost one of their own.
“So, what did we get when we got Elise? We got one of God’s creations, she had a remarkable impact,” said Chief Stan Standridge, APD.
Now, honoring her by hosting a blood drive to give back.
“It’s one thing to give a card or give flowers or express condolences. It’s a whole nother thing to be able to donate blood which can sustain life. It’s a life giver,” said Chief Standridge.
She was known throughout the community as mother, officer and friend.
“She’s one in a million. There’s not many like her,” said Aaron Barr, who was in Ybarra’s police academy class.
Barr says she was “just an angel of a person.”
“She was just a light in our class, you know, a bunch of type A guys in there and then there’s Elise and you know, he just stood out among the guys,” said Barr.
The department and community will forever be changed because of the life she lived.
“Our police department, our police family was changed in January of ’14 when we became part of our family,” said Chief Standridge.
The blood drive collected 40 pints of blood, that’s equivalent to about 120 lives being saved.