January 2019

In this issue:

Things got worse in ’18: America saw A 12 percent rise in law enforcement deaths

Tom Kennedy

THAT DREADFUL END-OF-THE-YEAR STATISTIC was on the news right before New Year’s Eve – the annual tabulation of American law enforcement officers who gave their lives on duty for the people they serve.   This year’s stat didn’t bring good news: on-duty police deaths in 2018 rose to from 129 a year ago to 144, Read More Read more

Winterbottom helps fellow veterans in HPD take the hill of paperwork to get their proper share of benefits

Tom Kennedy

Andy Winterbottom was a proud U. S. Marine before he proudly wore the title of a Houston police officer.   Winterbottom has always felt the call to help, whether it’s his country as a Marine or Houstonians and his fellow officers as a detective in Burglary and Theft. To be specific, he has a certain Read More Read more

Eagle Scout Project: Sgt. Seagler’s son Rhett repurposes red oak and discarded rails To construct four benches for HPD’s Museum at 1200 Travis

Tom Kennedy

Ever-observant Rhett Seagler has been coming to work with his dad, Sgt. Terry Seagler, for a number of years now and noticed that the HPD Museum on the first floor of 1200 Travis lacked places where visitors could sit down.   Smart minds work together. Museum director Steve Duffy was aware of some surplus benches Read More Read more

Hard work and devotion to memories of fallen heroes Went into future Eagle Scout Rhett Seagler’s behches

Tom Kennedy

The reaches of the HPD Blue Family extend comprehensively throughout Houston and the rest of the world.   So it was no big deal when Rhett Seagler and Richard Duffy became friends in private school. To hear the story, they bonded with each other before they both realized they shared in common the fact that Read More Read more

1st Annual Blue Heart Award goes to renown Resourceful fundraising auctioneer Alan Helfman

Andrea Schmauss

The Houston Police Family Support Unit (HPFSU) was honored to present their 1st Annual Blue Heart Awards in December 2018.  The Blue Heart Award is our way of saying “Thank You” and recognizing an individual, company or organization who demonstrates outstanding commitment and support of law enforcement and/or our organization.   Our very first honorees Read More Read more

Family Support Project: First-ever Shop with HPD Blue Heroes A giant Christmas season success

Andrea Schmauss

Months of planning by the Houston Police Family Support Unit (HPFSU) and several generous donations resulted in our hosting a most successful First Annual “Shopping with HPD Blue Heroes.”  A day to treat the children of our fallen HPD officers to a shopping spree at Target – Heights.   On Dec. 1, the children (ages Read More Read more

2nd ATO Top Cop Hero’s Gala set for March 30

Tom Kennedy

A year ago after Assist the Officer Foundation’s first-ever Top Cop Hero Gala the ATO board promised an even better production this year. It looks like ATO will make good on that vow. This year’s gala will be at the same venue – the Hyatt Regency at 1200 Louisiana. It will be held beginning at Read More Read more

Softball Report: Narcotics wins winter softball title ahead of Northeast, Southeast

Amanda Day

The Houston Police Midnight League ended its fall season on Dec. 18. The league initially began the fall season with eight teams but lost two after the first five weeks of the season were rained out.   The six teams that remained to compete were returning teams North Shepherd, Narcotics, Southeast, Northeast and new teams Read More Read more

Detective Magness honored as Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU awarded its Investigator of the Month honors to Detective Loren Magness of the Adult Sex Crimes Unit in the December general membership meeting in connection with her investigation of a brutal sexual assault.   The case began June 17 and entailed the violent sexual assault of a woman who was visiting a boyfriend Read More Read more

Officers Teed and Chase Honored for Teamwork

Tom Kennedy

Patrol Officers D. C. Teed and J. A. Chase were honored as Patrol Officers of the Month in the HPOU’s December general membership meeting for their teamwork leadership in tracking down two home invasion suspects. The case began Sept. 3 when two armed suspects entered a home in the 1200 block of Durham and took Read More Read more

Central Patrol officers thankful for effective logistics In their first-ever Thanksgiving Food Drive

Tom Kennedy

Houston police officers have made a habit of developing strong and effective community partnerships that result in good things happening.   Yes, we have another example – the Central Patrol Thanksgiving Food Drive, a first-of-its-kind event that unfurled Nov. 16, the Thursday before the week of Thanksgiving.   Working with community partners such as the Read More Read more

Kelsey-Seybold urologist says minimally invasive UroLift can help to provide BPH relief for men

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which restricts urine flow and causes other urinary problems, is a commonly diagnosed problem for older men and it’s treatable.   BPH can cause considerable urination discomfort, as well as infections in the urinary tract, bladder, and kidneys. Medications can offer relief, but side effects may include dizziness, fatigue, and sexual Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

ALVAREZ Mr. Alberto A. Alvarez passed away on Saturday, November 24, 2018, at the age of 39. He is the brother of Senior Police Officer Stephen Martinez, assigned to the Traffic Enforcement Division; and uncle of Cadet Dominick Martinez, assigned to the Training Division. Services were held December 1.   BABINEAUX Mrs. Mary Magdeline Babineaux Read More Read more