ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It has been a bitter-sweet year from one Albuquerque family who's loved one was killed in the line of duty 30 years ago.
That is when APD Officer Jerry Cline was shot while on duty.
A special dedication for him was unveiled Saturday, coming just a month after the family had to meet the officer's killer face to face pleading with prison officials to keep him locked up.
The memories of her husband's last day are still fresh for Yolanda Cline.
"We got up, had dinner together as a family, we watched hill street blues and he went off to work and at 11:37 Joel Lee Compton murdered him," Yolanda said.
Now 30 years later, the city he served and protected is still honoring him.
A building is the latest tribute to the fallen Albuquerque police officer, who was shot and killed in 1983.
The multi-million dollar Jerry Cline tennis and Community Recreation Racility is in Jerry Cline Park, a place where his legacy lives on.
"We've been very blessed. In fact, this park was not even our idea," Yolanda said.
But this year, along with the blessings have come heartache.
Three decades later, a new fight is starting for the Cline's.
Jerry Cline's killer, Joel Lee Compton, was initially sentenced to death, but that sentence was later commuted by Governor Toney Anaya.
Compton has served his 30-year sentence and came up for parole earlier this month.
"It's not fair, but it's what is. And you can accept what is or you can go out in the backyard and eat worms and we choose to accept what is and make the very best of it and stand strong for what is good and right and true," Yolanda said.
Yolanda faced her husband's killer and asked that he stay in prison.
She calls the experience cathartic and says her family will be at every parole hearing to make sure Compton says behind bars.
While some may think facing Compton over and over again will stir up emotions of sadness, Cline says the family will use each parole hearing
"Afterwards we're going out for a nice lunch and we're going to celebrate life and how good a man jerry cline was," Yolanda said.
The parole board denied Compton's release.
He will be eligible for parole again in March 2015.
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