Pleasanton’s very own Police Chief Ronald Sanchez will be featured on the A&E Network’s latest TV show “Hero Ink” this Thursday at 9 p.m.
The show follows the daily work of Prison Break Tattoos, a tattoo shop owned by retired police sergeant BK Klev. The shop honors the work of first responders by creating meaningful tattoos for them.
In Thursday’s episode, members of Atascosa County and the nation will hear first hand from Chief Sanchez about the Atascosa County Ambush that occurred 20 years ago on October 12, 1999. Chief Sanchez was one of the officers who responded to the scene.
“None of this is about me. It’s about the officers’ lives we lost that night and not forgetting them,” stated Sanchez, referencing Atascosa County Sheriff’s Deputies Mark Stephenson and Thomas Monse and DPS Trooper Terry Miller. “It’s also to encourage current police officers to seek help if they need it because it is available to them.”
Sanchez received his first tattoo from tattoo shop in 2017. On his right forearm is an American flag bearing the thin blue line and the date “10-12- 99” underneath commemorating the Ambush.
“That was one of the darkest times of my life,” said Sanchez, who says the tattoo served as a part of his healing process.
A year later, Klev reached out to Sanchez about the “Hero Ink” show and wanted to feature Sanchez.
On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Sanchez spent the whole day in interviews with the producers of the show and received his second tattoo in remembrance of Terry, Thomas and Mark: a law enforce- ment tattoo of two Atascosa County Sheriff’s badges and a DPS badge with an American flag wrapped around them.
“This one is specifically dedicated to Mark, Thomas and Terry. To keep their memory alive,” said Sanchez. “I want people to ask me about it, to ask what it means so I can tell them about these three men and the sacrifice they made.”
Be sure to tune in to the A&E Network on Thursday night at 9 p.m. to hear Chief Sanchez’s story.
“I hope the community will watch this episode and hear a story about three brave men who lost their lives. We cannot forget about them. We owe it to them.”