December 2017

In this issue:

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

  HPOU, The family of Bobbie Gene Lott acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind expression of sympathy. Thank you for the plant and for keeping us in your thoughts. Love, The Lott Family Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

  BROWN Mr. Alga V. Randall passed away on Saturday, November 4, 2017. He is the father of Police Officer Tasharra S. Brown, assigned to the South Central Division. A private burial was scheduled in Houston National Cemetery.   CANNON Retired Police Officer Deborah A. Cannon passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at the Read More Read more

Recognizing the long route to healing from grief

Lisa Garmezy

Editor’s Note: This column first appeared three or four years ago. The Badge & Gun, ever mindful of the stress and grief resulting from the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, is reprinting this advice to grief-stricken victims. By LISA GARMEZY I would have quit. At 26, inexperienced and unprepared, Cheryl Strayed hiked from the Mojave Desert Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Dawn Erickson

Nelson Zoch

Christmas Eve 1995 Dawn Suzanne Erickson was born in Belleville, Illinois, on January 15, 1973.  Her parents were David and Beth Erickson.  She graduated from Westbury High School in southwest Houston in 1992, finishing in the top five percent of her class.   Continuing her education at the Houston Community College, she received an Associates Read More Read more

5 steps to get your numbers back on tract

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

Whether you need to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose or BMI, these five steps can get you back on track. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, jogging, swimming, biking or dancing, five days per week. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Fill your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, Read More Read more

Being healthy starts with knowing your numbers, says Kelsey-Seybold primary care doctor

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

You can recite your cellphone, Social Security and bank PIN numbers without hesitation. But can you reel off the numbers that add up to good health? Knowing these numbers – and how your levels compare to healthy readings – is a powerful way to take charge of your health. “Disease prevention revolves around numbers you Read More Read more

Gamaldi to be sworn in as new HPOU president In Jan. 4 ceremony at general membership meeting

Tom Kennedy

The swearing-in of the HPOU Board of Directors on Jan. 4 will feature the formal introduction of a new president, Joe Gamaldi, the choice of 91 percent of voters in the fall election. Gamaldi will succeed Ray Hunt, who chose not to seek reelection. Hunt will continue serving HPOU in the traditional immediate past president Read More Read more

Lance White, the officer, the photographer, the family man will be missed by many who appreciated his devoting to duty

Tom Kennedy

For many years now a familiar face appeared at practically every HPOU general membership meeting. Everyone knew him because they had seen him at so many HPD events and hit him up for so many photographs of many of those events – which included crime scenes. Officers at those scenes knew Lance White “was one Read More Read more

Whitaker and Benevides ‘star’ in basketball game Against NY’s Finest at Madison Square Garden

Tom Kennedy

Legend has it that HPD’s Tim Whitaker and Jose Benevides were drafted by the New York Knicks in the latest round to gather intelligence about “Rocket launches” in order to win the NBA. Then again there was Whitaker’s hook-shooting abilities and Benevides’ uncanny aptitude for feeding the ball to taller guys in the paint. This, Read More Read more

7th Annual 9/11 Heroes Run moved to City Hall this year

Tom Kennedy

The seventh annual 9/11 Heroes Run – postponed from Sept. 11 weekend to Veterans Day because of Hurricane Harvey – had a new venue this year, a condition coordinator Capt. Greg Fremin thought added to the excitement of this great event. It was held at Houston City Hall. Fremin, the former Marine officer, takes great Read More Read more

Get your tickets now for ATO’s Feb. 3 Top Cop presentation

Tom Kennedy

Assist the Officer Foundation (ATO) with the support of the Houston Police Officers Union and First Responders Benefit Trust is happy to extend to all an opportunity to be a part of the history and attend the very first ATO Top Cop Gala. Join us on Saturday Feb. 3 at the Hyatt Regency, 1200 Louisiana, Read More Read more

Officers Sing National Anthem at the World Series

Barbara A. Schwartz

Major League Baseball (MLB) stepped up to the plate to support law enforcement by inviting Houston and Los Angeles police officers to sing the national anthem at the World Series.   Astros Territory   Four Houston officers had just completed their field training and probationary year when Harvey flooded the city. They survived working twenty-four Read More Read more

‘Tis the season for at least 1,500 Blue Santas Spreading joy and toys on their patrol beats

Tom Kennedy

As you read this, Blue Santa will be delivering Christmas presents to needy children on a patrol beat. Blue Santa, of course, is the alias of Houston police officers involved in a unique  community outreach program which began more than 30 years ago. Currently more than 1,500 officers (just under one third of the force) Read More Read more