August 2015

In this issue:

August Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

Allen Goldie Allen passed away on Monday, June 22, 2015.  She is the grandmother of Senior Police Officer Shari Water, assigned to the Special Victims Division. Services were held in Tyler on June 27.   Andrews Honorary Houston Police Officer, Khyrstin “Kyssi” Andrews, 6, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2015.  Kyssi succumbed to her Read More Read more

August Thank You Notes

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, Thank you so much for the watch. I will wear it proudly. Every time I look at it I will remember the fellowship and friendship of the fine men and women of the Houston Police Department. Thank you, E. Elliott Sgt. HPD (Retired) PS A special thank you to Ray, Doug and Bill for Read More Read more

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 Read More Read more

Testing HPD applicants from HPD families

Lisa Garmezy

We hate turning down your kids. No one enjoys crushing the hopes of a young person who proudly says he always wanted to be a police officer. When he or she comes from a law enforcement family, I long to believe the applicant will grow into a good officer under the influence of the Academy Read More Read more

Editorial: HPOU doesn’t shut up about Brown’s release But PUTS UP $100,000 reward for new info

Tom Kennedy

YOU CAN STATE WITH A HIGH DEGREE of certainty that the Houston Police Officers Union, which represents all but just a few Houston police officers, puts up and doesn’t shut up. Earlier this summer the Union drew a crowd of local news media to announce that it was offering a $100,000 reward for information leading Read More Read more

First Responders Fishing Tournament

Barbara A. Schwartz

Houston may have been flooding, but that didn’t stop the fish from biting. Contestants participating in the first annual First Responders Fishing Tournament braved rough seas, high winds, and chilly conditions on May 27th. After a morning casting their lines, the first responders met at the Bay Area Community Center in Seabrook, Texas, for the Read More Read more

HPD’s tactical medical instruction program earning high marks for its ongoing success

Tom Kennedy

Since HPD started its unique Self Aid Buddy Aid (SABA) program almost three years ago, officers have provided prompt medical care to 20 victims, often getting credit for saving a life. The tactical medical instruction program has been used on victims, officers, civilians and even suspects. Unquestionably the most notable incident happened earlier this year Read More Read more

Bonnie blazed a trail from Minnesota to Houston, becoming the first of three generations of officers

Nelson Zoch

There are numerous interesting paths that have led individuals to a career in law enforcement, and specifically, to the Houston Police Department. This is one of those stories. There was a young lady born in Duluth, Minnesota in October 1930. This young lady, Bonnie, grew up in a small rural community named Aitken, where her Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer John Salvaggio

Nelson Zoch

John Anthony Salvaggio was born in Houston on July 23, 1951. He received his early education at Sacred Heart and Oak Forest elementary schools and later at Black Junior High School. He graduated from Waltrip Senior High School in 1969 and attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos for a year. Salvaggio joined the Read More Read more

Police Memorial sculptor Moroles dies in June accident

Tom Kennedy

Artist Jesus Bautista Moroles designed and constructed the Houston Police Officers’ Memorial on Memorial Drive in the shadows of the downtown skyline in 1990. The granite sculpture, shaped like a Greek cross and consisting of five stepped pyramids, is dedicated to 113 HPD officers who gave their lives in the line of duty. The renowned Read More Read more

Testimony from Shields of Christ participant

Tom Kennedy

HPOU President Ray Hunt recently received the following email from an officer after he attended a Shields of Christ First Responder Men’s Retreat. The offer to attend the retreat was made several times at HPOU monthly meetings and one of our members signed up. Here is the email: I heard the call, and after thinking Read More Read more

As expected, Stars and Stripes Tourney raises record amount

Tom Kennedy

For the fifth consecutive year, the HPOU hosted the celebrated Stars and Stripes charity golf tournament, which was held again at the beautiful Clubs of Kingwood on April 30. This premier event was attended by scores of officers from HPD and other agencies, military veterans, elected officials and several wounded warriors. The tournament raised $ Read More Read more

Death of a Crime Scene Unit?

J.S. Cruser

Crime Scene Training/Accreditation Supervisor When you see repetitive postings for a job position within the department, the first thing everyone thinks of is that no one must want to do that job and that people are avoiding it like the plague. Unfortunately, the Crime Scene Unit seems to have been put into one of those Read More Read more

HPD Bike Relay Team takes Manhattan, raises $280,000!

Tom Kennedy

HPD’s ever-present, enterprising and deeply-determined Bike Relay team paid sincere respects to the victims of the Charleston church tragedy, helped save the life of an Alabama accident victim and wound up a half-continent bike trek by taking over Times Square on Manhattan Island. Oh, in the process the 42-member team raised a record $280,000 for Read More Read more

October ballot includes president, secretary, 12 board members and constitutional change

Tom Kennedy

This October HPOU members will go online to select their president, secretary and board members representing odd-numbered positions as well as two even-numbered positions and a proposed constitutional amendment. A vote in favor of the proposed amendment would mean the creation of a third vice president of HPOU “held by a person with the rank Read More Read more