Burnet County Sgt. Anthony Riddle laid to rest

Sgt. Anthony Riddle

BURNET COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — Friends and family paid their respects to a Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Corrections officer killed in a crash last week. The funeral for 29-year-old Sgt. Anthony Riddle happened Monday morning at Sneed Funeral Chapel in Lampasas. Services began at 10 a.m., and burial followed at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Visitation happened Sunday for Riddle in Lampasas. Riddle was on his way to work when he was involved in a head-on crash with another car.

Initial information from the Texas Department of Public Safety indicates a driver hit a car and then skidded across the center line and hit Riddle’s car — as well as a third car before coming to a stop. It is not known if weather was a factor in this crash.

A fund has been set up by the family at First Texas Bank of Lampasas to help with expenses.

“Whenever the involved party is a member of the same agency of responding personnel, it adds additional stress to an already tragic situation,” said Burnet County Sheriff’s officials following the deadly wreck.

Dozens of law enforcement officers escorted Riddle’s body from Burnet County to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office, and a second procession returned him to the funeral home in Burnet.

Burnet County Sheriff Chief Deputy Joe Canady said Riddle was a great employee who always went above and beyond but, more importantly, was a father of two.

“He was very committed to his family,” said Canady. “Family was the most important thing in his life.”

Burnet County Judge James Oakley also accompanied the procession and expressed his condolences for Riddle.

“He was on his way to work. He was in his uniform. It makes it that much harder.”

Riddle had been with the Burnet County Sheriff’s Office since 2011. Grief counselors were available for co-workers. Flags at county buildings, including the jail, remained at half-staff through Friday.

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