February 2018

In this issue:

The HPOU PAC Endorses . . .

Tom Kennedy

TUESDAY, MARCH 6 WILL BE A MAJOR OPPORTUNITY FOR HPOU MEMBERS AND THEIR families. We are 5,100-members-strong, a significant voting bloc in a primary election that usually features a low turnout. If we turn out to vote for candidates who have proven to be stalwart police/law enforcement supporters, then we will strike a mighty blow Read More Read more

Jimmy Irby-inspired Club 189 now generating renewed enthusiasm To ‘spend money to help the kids’ at the Livestock Show & Rodeo

Tom Kennedy

The Club 189, which gets its name from the badge number of slain HPD Solo Motorcycle Officer Jim Irby, is revving up its membership drive “raise a bunch of money to help the kids” in the swine auctions in this year’s Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. New Club 189 President Bob Humphrey enthusiastically detailed the Read More Read more

A wrap-up of the multitude of generous Harvey Aid contributors

Tom Hayes

Assist the Officer was able to provide more than $800,000 in monetary aid to first responders who work in Harris County. This would not have happened without the generous support from citizens, businesses, foundations and law enforcement groups from around the country. Many donations came from individuals independent of a group, including citizens from a Read More Read more

Fund set up for long-time HPD Family Assistance Officer Jim Hudson, who requires 24-hour care

Tom Kennedy

As the HPD officer who ran the Family Assistance Office, Jim Hudson helped numerous officers who met with hard times. Hudson considered this his duty well beyond regular working hours and frequently went the extra mile for those in deepest need. Now Hudson, who retired from the Department some years ago, is the one who Read More Read more

New York retired investigator presents checks to Mrs. Perez, ATO But also brings two of God’s groups to help needy Harvey victims

Tom Kennedy

Another in a growing number of law enforcement groups stepped forward in mid-January to provide monetary support to Houston’s first responders affected by Hurricane Harvey, particularly Cheryl Perez, widow of Sgt. Steve Perez, and the Assist the Officer Foundation. Robert Rodriguez represented the New York State Police Investigators Association’s Emergency Assistance Fund when he presented Read More Read more

HPOU honors Officer Annette Keyes as Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy

Last September, Officer Annette Keyes was assigned to a case involving the inappropriate touching of an eight0year0old female by a school counselor at the KIPP Explore Academy on Lawndale on the east side. Lt. John Colburn fully recalled the way Keyes handled the case. He read his account at the January general membership meeting in Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Keith Dees

Nelson Zoch

March 7, 2002 Keith Alan Dees was born in Saudi Arabia in a United States Air Force Hospital on October 19, 1956.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ruby Harlon Dees, were in that country while his father was serving in the military at the time. Dee received his early education at Anderson Elementary School in Read More Read more

Psych Services: Nature heals stress – and other advice for the New Year

Lisa Garmezy

Since the lifespan of a New Year’s resolution is about eight days, by now you could be wondering if your vices will ever be tamed. Probably not, unless you lower the stress that trashes your self-control and sends you running for short-term comfort. Fortunately, adopting a new brain science approach can help. Imagine that your Read More Read more

Vaccination still best shot at preventing disease, says Kelsey-Seybold physician

Kelsey Seybold Staff

“Could have, should have and did” – if each one of us could say that about getting immunizations, numerous lives could be saved and hospital visits avoided. Every year, vaccine-preventable diseases affect millions of people worldwide. Pneumonia alone puts about 1 million Americans in the hospital each year, and 50,000 die from the disease.   Read More Read more

Union honors Officers Rivera as Patrol officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy

Officer R. A. Rivera and Officer R. N. Rivera, partners riding Unit No. 16E21E, were dispatched to a suspicious person scene at a Fundruckers in the 9900 block of South Post Oak Road on Oct. 17. They spoke with several witnesses and the complainant who said the suspect had threatened some employees at the hamburger Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

ADAMS Mr. Willie Adams, Sr. passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018, at the age of 81. He is the father of Jail Attendant Gwendolyn A. McGowan assigned to the Jail Division. Services were held January 13 with burial in Houston Memorial Gardens.   BARRIENTOS Mrs. Rafaela M. Barrientos passed away on Monday, January 15, Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Tom Kennedy

    Houston Police Officers Union, Thank you for the beautiful garden plant you gave in remembrance of my mother Nansi Moore. I really appreciate the thoughts and prayers as well. The Martin Family Michael, Jennifer, Kyle & Cody   HPOU, Thank you for the flowers. Luis Vela   HPOU, Thank you so much for Read More Read more