June 2015

In this issue:

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

Dear Mr. Mitchell, I am writing to say thank you for being my calf scramble donor from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo 2015. I appreciate your generosity and for the opportunity to raise a calf. Without the donation from the Texas Police Trust, I would not have had the opportunity to participate. I thought I Read More Read more

June 2015 Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

Blount Retired Police Officer Louis Blount Jr. passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015.  Officer Blount joined the Department January 12, 1948 and retired July 18, 1968.  He was assigned to the Uniform Division, Patrol Division and the Robbery Detail.  Officer Blount is survived by his daughter Cassandra.  After he retired, Officer Blount became a pastor Read More Read more

The Department as I Remember It

Earl D. Musick

As Houston police officers we probably did not often think about innocent individuals being convicted of crimes they didn’t commit; we were too busy dealing with the guilty. Part of this group’s modus operandi involved stealing a vehicle and parking it in front of the target store the day before the robbery.  Since the stores Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Troy Blando

Nelson Zoch

May 19, 1999 Troy Alan Blando was born in Bussac, France, on July 31, 1959, to Mr. and Mrs. Alvin (Della) Blando. Being the son of a career United States military man, Troy traveled extensively in his early years. He attended elementary and junior high school in San Antonio and graduated from Roosevelt High School Read More Read more

Building A Bridge Between Police and Teens

Barbara A. Schwartz

Author’s note: I am alive and thriving today because two officers took an interest in me when I was 14 years old. Paying back what Larry Hancock and Leo Paul Miller did for me is the reason I support officers and have volunteered to write for the Badge & Gun for the past 20 years. Read More Read more

Psych Services: Some important lessons about toilet-training your child

Lisa Garmezy

Check Amazon for books on toilet-training and the first five promise your child will be dry in less than a day. Somehow, my colleagues and I felt we had trouble doing it in less than a year. Teaching kids to use the potty can be frustrating. Before they can get it, we have to learn Read More Read more

TCOLE to honor Calhoun, Munoz, Anderson and Webb in its annual awards ceremony

Tom Kennedy

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) will recognize four Houston police officers in the 2014 State of Texas Law Enforcement Achievement Award Ceremony on June 12 in Austin. Set to receive TCOLE’s Valor Awards are Officers John Calhoun, Andrea Munoz and Senior Police Officer Jeffrey Anderson. Officer Frank Webb, widely credited with pioneering HPD Read More Read more

David Dedo named to replace Wolfe on HPOU Board

Tom Kennedy

HPOU President Ray Hunt has appointed Officer David Dedo as the new board member to replace the retiring Terry Wolfe in Position 6. The appointment was effective immediately. Dedo, a native of Joliet, Illinois, who grew up in Custer Park, Illinois before serving eight years in the U. S. Army (infantry). He was “a professionally Read More Read more

Uniformed officers make positive Impression in church visitation

Tom Kennedy

The congregation at the Church of Bethel’s Family in Southwest Houston undertook a truly unique experience on April 26 when about 20 visitors  wearing Houston blue showed up for fellowship and worship. Eric Fagan, HPOU member and current president of the African American Police Officers League (AAPOL) said the men and women in HPD uniforms Read More Read more

The Red Lion Project and the Warrior Weekend Experience

Jim Conley

On Jan. 19, 2012, while on a combat mission, a CH53D helicopter assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, the Red Lions, crashed.  Six Marines were lost, including Corporal Joey Logan, son of retired HPD officers Tom and Debi Logan. The Heroes began returning at 1400. It was exciting to watch them step on the Read More Read more

Bishop Lewis’ police support effort gets exciting ‘Thumbs Up’ endorsement from President Bush

Tom Kennedy

Floyd E. Lewis, Sr., presiding bishop of the Houston’s International Church Fellowship, was ecstatic about getting a significant “thumbs up” endorsement from former President George H. W. Bush for the ongoing crusade to support police officers doing a positive, life-risking job for their community. Bishop Lewis is leading the charge in the crusade proclaiming that Read More Read more

HPD wives form support group that involves more than just wives

Tom Kennedy

Wives of some Houston police officers are putting together an unprecedented family support group for officers and their families that – unlike typical wives’ auxiliaries – will include family members and male spouses. Jennifer bates, one of the group’s founders, said the non-profit will be known as the Houston Law Enforcement Officers Family Support Unit. Read More Read more

Narratives for Each of the Police Week Honorees

Shelly Molina

Here is the complete script recognizing each of the honorees at the HPD Police Week awards luncheon. 2ND LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – SERGEANT CHARLES JOHNSON Sergeant Charles Johnson has served the citizens of Houston for 30 years, joining Cadet Class 129 in 1985.  After being selected to be a Bomb Squad Technician in 1992, he Read More Read more

Constitution amendment would set up 3rd HPOU vice presidency for sergeant

Tom Kennedy

HPOU will ask its membership to vote on a constitutional change in October that would establish a third vice president position for sergeants only. The provision, if approved, would stipulate that the HPOU 3rd vice president would not be in the line of succession for the Union presidency, Board Member Tom Hayes said. “In other Read More Read more

HPOU honors three as Patrol Officers of the Month For helping save the life of HCC officer at Walmart

Tom Kennedy

The night of April 27 there was a stabbing at a Walmart involving off-duty Houston Community College officer April Pikes, who was working an extra job. A suspect approached Pikes and began stabbing her with a knife a total of 14 times before bystanders were able to subdue this suspect. HPD Patrol Officer Britney Cerritos Read More Read more

Fredericksen and Barnes named Investigators of Month

Tom Kennedy

The Union presented its Investigator of the Month honors to two officers in the Special Victims Division in the May general membership meeting. Lt. Jacinda Gunter presented the honor and recapped the case successfully processed by Senior Police Officers Kimberly Fredericksen and John Barnes. Lt. Gunter gave the following account: Fredericksen, who works as a Read More Read more

Officer Richard Martin was identified as a true hero by his family and colleagues after fulfilling his lifelong dream of becoming a police officer in

Tom Kennedy

Tears that flowed much like the historic May rains of Houston intensified as the son and daughter of Officer Richard Martin took turns speaking before the blue-laden crowd of mourners at Martin’s memorial service. One former coworker, Stephanie Walter, told a reporter that Martin was well known and loved at S. P. Richards, the office Read More Read more

Vasquez: “The line of blue and red flashing lights stretched as far as the eye could see”

Assistant Chief Charlie Vasquez

(Editor’s Note: Chief Charlie Vazquez was in charge of the HPD detail tasked with taking Officer Richard Martin to his final resting place in his home state of Oklahoma. Here is the chief’s first-person account of this grave assignment.) Two hearses (one was a backup in case the other became disabled ),three marked HPD Tahoes, Read More Read more

Editorial: Martin’s death again reminds citizens how dangerous policing is

Tom Kennedy

IT’S STILL VERY SAD TO SAY THAT IT TAKES the line-of-duty death of a brave police officer to remind citizens that officers put their lives on the line for them every day and every night. Through the sadness and tears in the wake of the death of Officer Richard Martin – the 113th officer to Read More Read more