From the Family of Officer Richard Martin…

Tom Kennedy

Dear HPOU,

Officer Richard Martin’s Family would like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thank you to many members of the Houston Police Department and its many entities, including but not limited to:

Houston Police Officers’ Union, Family Assistance Unit, Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Chief of Police Charles A. McClelland, Jr., Assistant Chief Charles Vasquez, Captain Paul Follis, Chaplin Monty Montgomery, Sgt. Darrin Chippi, Lt. M. J. Faulhaber, HPD Honor Guard, Class of 209, Westside Station, George H. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home, and all HPD law enforcement officers.

Although we may not remember names of everyone that assisted us, we will forever remember your faces; faces of compassion, love, kindness, and support are forever burned in our hearts. Please accept our sincere gratitude for your help during our family crisis. Your daily inquiries let us know how much you cared.

We looked forward to your calls. Our grief would be much harder to handle without the kindness and support of people like you. This event has brought us all closer together, and we are thankful to have friends and a support system like you. Thank you so much for your expressions of love and sympathy.

We appreciate your unfailing attention to detail, as we worried that something would fall through the cracks you all anticipated every contingency and we were deeply touched by how a hero was honored perfectly. Thank you for capturing his spirit with such heartfelt words and featuring guards of honor.

When we are grateful to God in all circumstances, we can experience gentle peace in the midst of tribulation, in grief, we can still lift up our hearts in praise. In pain, we can glory in Christ’s Atonement. In the cold of bitter sorrow, we can experience the closeness and warmth of heaven’s embrace. It is through the Atonement of His Son, Jesus Christ, we can live forever with our loved ones; and in the end, we will have glorious, perfect, and immortal bodies, unburdened by sickness or disability; and that our tears of sadness and loss will be replaced with an abundance of happiness and joy.

Richard gave his life doing what he wanted to do more than anything, serve and protect. we are so thankful he touched so many lives and we were honored to have shared him with you all.

From our hearts,

The Martin Family