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This is Cathie Ortiz-Hall with her husband Allen Hall at the Police Officers Memorial services in May 1979.
Cathie Hall passed Tues. March 20, 2007. She was 54.
She was married to Allen Hall for 28 years and both served full careers as officers with the Albuquerque Police Department.
She was among the young women who joined the department when there was no specific consideration given to women. Prior to the early ’70s, women on the department were limited in their assignments. Hall was among those who, upon graduation from the academy, went to work patrolling the streets.
She was small in stature, but it didn’t get in her way. She took her training to heart and was a solid officer.
She was badly injured in an accident during a high-speed chase. Her recuperation was a long process. It was the kind of incident that would make anyone think about the risks of continuing policing. She returned and finished her career, retiring after 20 years.