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Posted on: April 20, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Fallen Hero Makes Final Trip Home Today at 3 p.m.

Officer Justin Putnam

The public is encouraged to pay respects to City of San Marcos Police Department hero Justin Putnam today as he is transported from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin to Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos, 2001 Ranch Road 12. The procession will leave Austin at 3 p.m. and travel down IH-35 to San Marcos with expected arrival sometime after 3:20 p.m.  

The route back to San Marcos will exit at Yarrington (Exit 210), travel through the Blanco Vista neighborhood, back to IH-35, exit at Wonder World (Exit 202) and drive by the San Marcos Police Department, 2300 South Interstate 35 on the access road, turn around at McCarty Ln., back to Wonder World Dr. and then take the Wonder World extension toward Thomason Funeral Home. 

The San Marcos Fire Department and San Marcos Electric Utility will have fire and bucket trucks stationed along the route at Yarrington and along Wonder World Dr. on the west side of the overpass in honor of Officer Putnam.  

“Media and bystanders are asked to take extra precautions for officer safety during this procession, including keeping a safe distance from the procession as it passes,” said Interim Police Chief Bob Klett.

Visitors to the Blanco Vista Neighborhood are asked to park along side streets and not the thoroughfare streets in order to keep those clear for the procession vehicles and to allow bystanders to stand along the route. Due to COVID-19, bystanders expecting to encounter others are encouraged to wear a mask and keep a distance of at least 6 feet from others outside of their family unit.

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