July/August 2016

In this issue:

Editorial: We thank Jim Dutton – the ‘wrangler’ who stepped up With a plan to help an officer in need, Ramiro Garcia

Tom Kennedy

JIM DUTTON WEARS A BIG SMILE AND A COWBOY HAT. We now have to say with conviction that he has the appearance of a extraordinary wrangler – not the ranching kind with cattle and horses, although he would probably excel at that job, too. Dutton, the host of a KTRH home improvement show who thrives Read More Read more

Garcia home project featured floor-to-roof remodeling thanks to inspiring community/police volunteer effort

Luis Menendez-Sierra

Officer Ramiro Garcia Jr. was off duty and travelling home from a wedding when one of the tires in his vehicle blew out. Officer Garcia was ejected and suffered severe injuries which paralyzed him from the neck down. This was in 2013 and as we fast forward to 2016 we take a small glimpse at Read More Read more

Smash and his girls now subjects of new book written by horse fancier and police fiction author Richardson

Tom Kennedy

Literally, the latest chapter in the story of Smash the deaf HPD horse and the four Smash Girls who care for him has been released for public consumption. It’s more than one chapter, actually. It’s a book written by Alicia Richardson under the pen name Artemis Greenleaf and entitled Team Smash: Five Amazing Girls, One Read More Read more

HPOU members to elect 1st and 2nd vice presidents and board representatives for even-numbered seats

Tom Kennedy

Balloting for this year’s election of the 1st and 2nd Union vice presidencies and board members with even-numbered board seats begins Oct. 7. The Union announced the full schedule for this year’s election procedures with filing for these positions to begin at 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. The filing deadline is 10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. Read More Read more

Investigator of the Month Lauren Avila honored For saving elderly woman from continuous abuse

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU honored Officer Lauren Avila of the Special Victims Division Family Violence Unit as the latest Investigator of the Month. Officer Avila was recognized for what Sgt. Russell Dukes described as “an outstanding investigative follow-up on an aggravated assault case involving an elderly 77-year-old female.” In this case, the victim’s 17-year-old grandson threatened her Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Henry Williams

Nelson Zoch

February 8, 1886 A headline from the New York Times of Tuesday, February 9, 1886 read: A POLICEMAN MURDERED-THE CRIME OF A MAN DRIVEN CRAZY BY STRONG DRINK From that same day, a headline from the Galveston Daily News read: SLAIN WITH A SIX-SHOOTER-MORE BLOODSHED IN THE BAYOU CITY Other newspapers in Dallas and Houston Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Jim Kilty

Nelson Zoch

APRIL 8, 1976 James Frederick Kilty was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on Nov. 11, 1940. He graduated from Bishop Hogan High School there in 1958 and after his graduation he served in the U. S. Coast Guard for four years. His family had moved to Houston while he was in the Coast Guard and Read More Read more

Sgt. Ben Norman — ‘A Policeman’s Policeman’

Earl Musick

  Miles Dewey Davis III is widely considered as one of the most influential and innovative musicians of the 20th Century.  He was also considered to be a legend during his time.  When asked how he felt about being called a legend Mr. Davis replied; “A legend is an old man with a cane known Read More Read more

Psych Services: Coping styles for dealing with grisly, disturbing police events

Lisa Garmezy

The Houston-Metro Internet Crimes against Children Task force identified 318 child victims between October 1, 2012 and July 31, 2013, more than one per day. Congratulations to them on the 198 arrests made. Rescuing children abused and degraded in this manner makes viewing sickening pornographic images worthwhile—but there may be a price to pay. I Read More Read more

How to talk to your kids about the dangers of policing Explaining line of duty deaths and the dangers of the job to children is vital

Barbara A. Schwartz

(The following article by Barbara A. Schwartz originally appeared on PoliceOne.com, the online resource for Law Enforcement, and is reprinted by permission of the PoliceOne editorial team and the author.  Visit PoliceOne to access articles, information, and resources that help officers across the United States protect their communities and stay safe on the streets.) Most parents dread Read More Read more

HPOU Members please take notice: Know Your rights about Worker’s Compensation

Tom Kennedy

The Union has stepped up its efforts to stress the importance of members clearly knowing the steps to take to ensure they know and receive all their worker’s compensation entitlements. The ongoing awareness campaign includes flyers (see the one in this issue) along with brochure handouts that succinctly outline the steps to be taken when Read More Read more

Artist’s portrait of Charlotte commemorates HPD Mounted Patrol horse who died in the line of duty

Tom Kennedy

HPOU played host May 18 to a unique presentation ceremony. On behalf of the K9 Hero Portrait Project, artist Loreen Pantaleone presented Police Chief Martha Montalvo with a portrait of “Charlotte,” an HPD Mounted Patrol horse who lost her life in the line of duty. Pantaleone said it was the largest portrait she has done Read More Read more

Three officers share Patrol Officer of the Month honor

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU named three officers as Patrol Officers of the Month for their actions taken to prevent a suicide. The honor was announced in the May general membership meeting. Sgt. Edwin Brzymialkiewicz nominated the three – Officers Horace Scott, J. Huckabee and J. Caldwell. The sergeant gave the following account in his nomination. At 4:29 Read More Read more