June 2020

In this issue:

Officer Adovasio honored as Patrol Officer of the Month for taking medical steps to save life of wounded suspect

Editorial Staff

Editor’s Note: This version contains a correction which clarifies Officer Adovasio’s medical training. HPOU honored Officer Joseph Adovasio as Patrol Officer of the Month for June for his role in saving the life of a suicidal suspect wounded by officers when he pointed a gun at them. When Officer Adovasio responded to a domestic violence Read More Read more

Officer Knox, the ‘car guy,’ shows appreciation for HPD history by single-handedly restoring a classic ‘whale’ of a patrol car

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Editor’s Note: To honor the memory of Officer Jason Knox and his devotion to restoring HPD cruisers from past decades, the Badge & Gun is rerunning this story of his restoration of a 1990s HPD patrol car. Jason Knox likely will go down in 2018 history as the only officer to “shop for a shop,” Read More Read more

Jason’s best friend details 1984-DASH-2020

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Jason Knox’s best friend quoted from that special memorializing poem by Linda Ellis. It’s entitled The Dash Poem and is oft-quoted at memorial services for special people. Senior Police Officer Michael Bruner paid special tribute to Knox, whose DASH goes between 1984 and 2020. He was 35 years old when his life was taken in Read More Read more

Cites Specifics: DA Candidate Huffman says Harris County is in the middle of the ‘Perfect Storm’ that let violent criminals go free, commit murders

Tom Kennedy, Editor

District Attorney candidate Mary Nan Huffman must feel like “a criminal justice meteorologist” navigating the perfect storm of sunny skies and fair weather for the habitual criminals getting out of jail free – or almost free – during the Coronavirus pandemic. “COVID-19 is being used as an excuse to release violent and repeat offenders from Read More Read more

Moving Forward: We must be each other’s keeper, STEP UP and SPEAK UP for our brothers, sisters!

Joe Gamaldi, President

If you are one of the few people who regularly read my Badge & Gun columns, you know how much I harp on being each other’s “keeper.” Now more than ever, we need to live that pledge every single day at work. The suicide numbers within law enforcement are staggering. We had 228 officers commit Read More Read more

Friends remember Jason as dedicated Fox officer, a good-humored colleague who never met a stranger

Tom Kennedy, Editor

In his tribute to best friend Jason Knox, Senior Police Officer Michael Bruner described a dedicated, goal-oriented and fun-loving man in Houston blue who loved his family – not just wife Kiera and children Cooper and Eliza but also his HPD brothers and sisters. Besides Police Chief Art Acevedo, Bruner was one of three of Read More Read more

3 Homicide detectives wrap up double rush hour murder, receive the Union’s Investigators of the Month honors

Editorial Staff

Even without a general membership meeting due to the Coronavirus, the Houston Police Officers Union bestowed the honor of Investigators of the Month to three Homicide detectives. The three are Detectives Katie Clark, John D. Pickett and Logan Lange. Homicide Sgt. William G. Dunn nominated the three and outlined the details of their highly successful Read More Read more

ATO’s 2020 Heroes’ Gala latest virus victim

Editorial Staff

WE ARE SAD TO REPORT THAT the annual Assist the Officer Heroes’ Gala will not be held this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ATO officials initially thought one of the most exciting events of the calendar year could be successfully postponed until later in the summer from its original March date. ATO cancelled the Read More Read more

HPOU touts thoughtfulness of Michael Berry and generosity of food providers and sponsors we must patronize in future

Tom Kennedy, Editor

As Houston and the rest of America and the world ground through another challenging month fighting the coronavirus, HPOU maintained its personal protection equipment supply chain as well as the unique Michael-Berry-inspired food chain for HPD officers. “We have to keep thanking Michael Berry (KTRH radio) for organizing this entire thing,” HPOU 3rd Vice President Read More Read more

Obituaries

Editorial Staff

BRIONES Retired Administrative Assistant Maria M. Briones passed away on Monday, May 18, 2020, at the age of 48. She is survived by her husband, Mr. Michael Briones. Mrs. Briones joined the Houston Police Department June 15, 1998. During her career with the department, she was assigned to the Records Division and the Office of Read More Read more

Emotional chief says God was with Jason Knox at every step of his career, especially in two life-saving Imelda events last year

Tom Kennedy, Editor

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo spoke from his heart in a May 9 tribute as he shared with his fellow mourners the everlasting proof of the never-say-die grit of Fox Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox. The often-emotional chief told the socially distanced audience members about the Good Lord, a godly police officer and God’s will Read More Read more

An Open Letter to HPD Academy Class No. 244

Barbara A. Schwartz

As you graduate and begin your field training in this most unprecedented of times, one thing I can promise you: through the windshield of the shop you will witness the greatest show on earth. You have chosen the most noblest of professions: a career of sacrifice and service. For that I commend and respect you. Read More Read more

Way Home Adoption: You can make a difference with a service that is very different

Ashley Fields, Co-Founder and Director Way Home Adoption

Lavonte and DJ are brothers for whom The Way Home Adoption is searching for adoptive parents. Lavonte (15) is quiet, mature and reflective. Younger brother DJ (13) is the yang to Lavonte’s yin. DJ is silly, talkative, and is lovingly referred to as, “a handful.” These boys don’t care if they end up in a Read More Read more

Motorcycle Officer Landry Collides with Car as he’s Chasing a Speeder on Tuam Avenue

Nelson Zoch, Contributor

EOW: December 2, 1930 J.D. Landry was born in Louisiana on November 23, 1895. It is unknown how long he served as a Houston police officer. On Tuesday, December 2, 1930, Motorcycle Officers J. D. Landry and A. O. Taylor were working traffic in the near south end of downtown. Officer Landry began chasing a Read More Read more