Edrees Mukhtar COHOES - Police Office Edrees Mukhtar, 28, from Cohoes, New York, succumbed to critical injuries sustained 19 days ago while en route to a call (details below). Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, Officer Mukhtar had been Saving, Serving and Protecting the People since May 16, 2011. From the moment Brother Edrees stepped into his Police Officer
shoes, with his shoulder straight, head held high and the biggest boyish grin on his face, Office Mukhtar set out to become one of the finest Law Enforcement Officers to the citizens of San Antonio; and in his short time of service, he managed to accomplish exactly that. Born in Kabul, Afghanistan, Brother Edrees came to the U.S. when he was 9 years of age and excelled in his schooling, obtaining a Masters of Arts in International History and Bachelors degree in History as well. A devout Muslim, this young Warrior was raised in a loving family and taught by example that life, and the happiness that follows, is all about giving, and gave he did. Brother Edrees had that “rookie fearlessness and go-get-em enthusiasm” that seemed endless. Always upbeat and ready for whatever the day had in store, looking forward to all the new experiences, with his main objective never far from thought,; making a difference in his small corner of the world. Though the thrill of catching the bad guys was rewarding, it was his intent on changing perception of the Police that he worked hardest at. Office Mukhtar made it a point to go out of his way to “connect” with the youth, showing them they have choices in life, and teaching them, as he had been taught, that giving is so much better than taking. His fellow Warriors absolutely loved working along side our Brother. Edrees was one of the friendliest people one could know. His sense of humor and charm was impossible to resist and all who crossed his path was left smiling and feeling good about life. Even on those not so great days, Officer Mukhtar had a way of making it tolerable. Our Brother also set a great example of how important physical and mental fitness was and he was so encouraging to his fellow Officer and Friends. Always there to root them on, whether it be in the gym, playing sports, or simply helping out a friend in need. And his heart, a heart so big and caring that even while fighting for his life, he tried to make sure his family and friends stayed positive and upbeat, often breaking the worry with a joke that one couldn't help but laugh. Truly Living As Only A Hero Could. This Son and Brother of Blue will be incredibly missed by so very many, left knowing how much he did make a difference as he had set out to do. May we all carry on our Brother's mission in the way he would want, by continuing to give to the People, In Our Brother's Honor. On December 10, Officer Mukhtar was en route to a call at 0245 hours when he hit running water on the roadway. As Officer Mukhtar tried to correct his slide, he hit a curb and collided with a pick up truck. Our Brother suffered incapacitating injuries. For the last 10 days, this Warrior fought with everything he had to overcome and just as things began looking up, Officer Mukhtar took a turn for the worse. With a heavy heart, this was to be his final battle. At 1626 hours, December 29, Police Officer Edrees Mukhtar succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced. Edrees leaves behind his four brothers and a sister, his parents, grandmother and a very large family. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Mukhtar family, the Men and Women of the San Antonio PD, and to all whom have had the pleasure and the privilege of knowing and working along side this True Blue Hero. Thank you to the entire staff of University Hospital who tried valiantly to save our Brother. Our Brother, as you now patrol the streets of Heaven, may you continue your vigilant watch over us all as we carry on in the battles to come. In Our Brother's Honor. We thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. We thank you for your life. Job Well Done Sir. Rest In Peace Officer Edrees Mukhtar. We have the watch from here. SALUTE! Burial Services for Edrees will be on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 2:30 PM at Evergreen Cemetery on Central Ave in Albany. Also, there will be a gathering for a prayer service on January 6, 2013 from 1-4 PM at the Schenectady Majiid on Brandywine Ave. If anyone would like to contact the family they may be reached at (518) 728-0202 or (518) 235-1945.