March 2018

In this issue:

ATO Top Cop Hero’s Gala a Success

Tom Hayes

The Assist the Officer Top Cop Hero Gala held Feb. 3 was by all reports a success in its first-time version. Plans are already underway to make next year’s event bigger and better. The effort put forth by the ATO board to get the first gala off the ground was outstanding. Once again congratulations to Read More Read more

Officers Ruben and Jones Disarm Suspect Armed with AR-15

Tom Kennedy

The actions taken by Officers A. Ruben and N. Jones of Northeast Patrol very likely saved the lives of dozens of patrons at a night club where the officers worked an extra job. They shot and disarmed a male armed with an AR-15-style assault rifle before he could open fire. It happened shortly after the Read More Read more

B&T’s Detective Anderson works hard clears numerous cases and recovers $100,000 in stolen property in productive month

Tom Kennedy

December 2017 was a busy month for Burglary & Theft Detective Rick Anderson, who cleared four cases by arrest, filed two burglary charges, three other felony charges and one misdemeanor theft charge. In addition, Lt. Jack Harvey told the HPOU February general membership meeting, Anderson recovered approximately $100,000 in stolen property. Harvey outlined these achievements Read More Read more

Book Review: Retired Homicide Sgt. Brian Foster writes Book 2 in his True Crime Series

M. D. Beale (HPD Retired)

They Were Graveyard Dead By Sgt. Brian Foster, HPD Homicide (Retired) Book 2 of the Crime Series I’m getting even more picky about what books I read in my old age.  If a book doesn’t interest me in the first three pages I quit reading it and find something else.  I read this book in Read More Read more

Houston Strong T-shirt sales adds $9,000 To the Assist the Officer coffers – so far

Tom Kennedy

HPOU’s sponsorship of “Houston Strong” T-shirt sales resulted in a contribution of just under $9,000 to Assist the Officer Foundation – just one of a growing number of partnerships that result in helping HPD officers in need. ATO’s Tom Hayes more T-shirt sales are in the offing, probably new shirts with new designs that will Read More Read more

Proceeds from 3-Gun Shooting Match go to Assist The Officer Fund

Michael Ybanez

The Pasadena Police Department Les Early Firearms Range was the sight of this year’s Texas Narcotics Officers Association Annual Multi Gun Tactical Police Challenge held Jan. 19-20. The Les Early range is named after Pasadena SWAT Officer Les Early, who was killed in the line of duty in the early morning hours NoV. 5, 1993 Read More Read more

Union’s low-key network sees Gulf Coast Windows help elderly crime victim in need of window repairs

Tom Kennedy

The HPD help network came through once again in its typically low-key fashion without TV cameras or any other kudos-seeking maneuvers. As usual, it started with a crime against an innocent person, in this case an elderly homeowner. Let’s tell the complete story, complete with a happy ending, thanks to the unsung network. On the Read More Read more

Here is your latest Burial Fund update

Jay Gause

The Houston Police Burial Fund had its annual meeting on Jan. 11. Approximately 45 members attended. Lunch was provided by Secure Your Legacy, a funeral preplanning company. Stephanie Salcedo of Secure Your Legacy made a presentation at the beginning of the meeting regarding the importance of financially planning for one’s death. The Burial Fund does Read More Read more

HPD family support group’s successful T-shirt sales helped Officers and families in greatest need in Harvey’s wake

Tom Kennedy

That family support group with the long name has added to its already long list of helping hands extended to HPD officers who suffered serious losses in Hurricane Harvey while steadfastly staying on duty to help Houstonians. At the Feb. 1 HPOU general membership meeting representatives of the Houston Law Enforcement Officers Family Support Unit Read More Read more

Brrrrrr! Norbert and Cindy Ramon find handwarmers, long johns, Survived the Papa John’s trip to the coldest Super Bowl in history

Tom Kennedy

When his fellow HPD officers last checked, Officer Norbert Ramon was headed to the Super Bowl. They now know good and well that the Eagles whipped the Patriots. But what was the review of the game by Ramon and his wife, Cindy? Apparently, Ramon – who, as we know, suffers from stage 4 cancer – Read More Read more

Fallen Hero: Officer Frank Manuel Cantu Jr.

Nelson Zoch

March 26, 2004 Frank Manuel Cantu Jr. was born on May 12, 1961 in Sacramento, California. His early years were divided between Texas and California since his parents were divorced and lived in different states. He lived with his mother in California but also spent long periods of time in and around Houston with his Read More Read more

Psych Services: 12-year-old Copline a proven help line for law enforcement officers

Lisa Garmezy

Your stress is of national importance. Annual mental health checks, more peer support programs, hotlines – legislation signed by the president in January directs the Department of Defense and Department of Justice to evaluate all of these in a search for best practices to promote law enforcement officers’ mental health. Meanwhile, a quiet civilian has Read More Read more

Lower your risks for ‘brain attack’ by adopting a healthy lifestyle, Kelsey-Seybold physician says

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

Houston Police officers respond to heart or stroke-related emergencies every year. Knowing the signs of a stroke and acting quickly can save a person’s life, including your own.   Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. Also referred to as a ‘brain attack,’ a stroke occurs when blood Read More Read more

Obituaries of the HPD Family

Tom Kennedy

BLEVINS Retired Detective Richard A. Blevins passed away on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the age of 79. He is survived by his wife Anna M. Blevins. He joined the Houston Police Department on September 14, 1959, Academy Class No. 22. During his career with the department he was assigned to the Patrol Bureau, Vice Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, Thank you for the gorgeous plant that you sent. I think of Don every time I see it. Your plant made Don’s service extra special. I will always be greatful for your kindness. Yours truly, Amanda Harris and Martha Swathoff   HPOU, The family of Paul K. McKeehan acknowledges with deep appreciation your kind Read More Read more