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Brotherhood pulling for officer hit by suspected drunk driver

Created: 03/10/2014 9:45 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Officer Robert Dilley's name is still on the assignment board at the Sunport.

Officer Marshall Katz with the Albuquerque Aviation Police Department says it's because they are confident their brother in blue will be back.

"In all our hearts we know he'll recover and get back to work," Katz said.

Over the weekend 32-year-old Michelle Rivera faced a judge who said she was "a danger to society" and put her back behind bars.

Police say Friday she was drunk and swerving in-and-out of traffic on I-40 near 6th Street.

She sideswiped officer Dilley's car causing it to flip over.

"Do we take it personal?" Katz said, "Yes, but I have no comment on the system, system has to run its course."

Officer Dilley retired from The Albuquerque Police Department and joined the Aviation Police several years ago.

He is now considered one of the leaders of the Aviation Department.

"If I could I would clone Bobby that's how good he is," Katz said.

AAPD has 50 officers including Robert Dilley.

Katz says they are a close department and when one hurts they all do.

"We work very closely together, we barbeque together we socialize together and even though they're my friends and I’m their boss and we have that respect," he said.

Officer Katz says Dilley is in serious but stable condition, but he says Dilley is a fighter who will be back in uniform again.

"Mijito, we love you man," Katz said, "Get well and come back to work."


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