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Douglas graduate killed in New Mexico to be buried with military honors

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Ashley Browder in her uniform.

A Douglas High School graduate who was killed in a New Mexico traffic accident will be returned to Carson Valley for burial with military honors.

A memorial service is 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Lifepoint Church for Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Ashley Renee Browder, 21, who was killed Feb. 10 when a vehicle driven by her sister was struck on the side by an Albuquerque Police Department vehicle.

Burial with military honors will be noon Saturday at Eastside Memorial in Minden.

While her sister Lindsay recovers from a broken hip and a fractured spine, news reports out of Albuquerque indicate that an initial statement that the officer was responding to an emergency call aren’t borne out by dispatch logs.

Albuquerque’s KOAT News reported that the vehicle log of the responding police officer showed no evidence he was en route to an emergency call.

Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department public information officer Deputy Aaron Williamson said police Sgt. Adam Casaus was driving the other vehicle with his emergency equipment operating when he struck the passenger side of the Honda. The officer was transported to the hospital, but has been released.

Born in Bishop, Calif., on May 21, 1991, Browder is a 2009 graduate of Douglas High School where she was an honor student and a member of the Key Club. She graduated from basic training in 2010 and was in the process of transferring from the Nevada Air National Guard to the New Mexico Air Guard when the accident occurred. Her mother, Donna Browder, is a Gardnerville resident and the secretary at Minden Elementary School.

In addition to her sister and mother, Browder is survived by her father Charles and his fiancee Joanne Trujillo; grandparents Dannie and Vicki Serfoss and Gene (Linda) and Adela Browder; uncles Dannie (Barbara) Serfoss and Andy (Brie) Serfoss; aunt Paula (Mike) Chenault; and cousins Adam, Lori, Cody, Colton, Hope, Matt, John and Chad.

Donations may be sent to the “Browder Family Benefit Fund” at any Wells Fargo Bank.