March 2019

In this issue:

HFD District Chief: Paramedic’s letter to Chief Acevedo details courage at drug bust scene

Tom Kennedy

Editor’s Note: This is a copy of a letter sent to Police Chief Art Acevedo from a Houston paramedic. Chief Acevedo, My name is Christopher Chavez and I am a district chief in the Houston Fire Department currently stationed at Fire Station 26. On the evening of January 28, 2019, 1700:23 hours, I was dispatched Read More Read more

Shoe Giveaway Afoot: Officers discovered from Harvey the need for athletic shoes for at-risk kids; Efforts underway to involve HPD to enhance one ongoing community program

Tom Kennedy

In the wake of the devasting Hurricane Harvey, HPD officers went the extra nine miles in flooded waters to help the Houstonians they serve in very special ways. While helping flooded-out families with the basics – food, clothing and shelter, officers discovered there were plenty of clothing donations but not enough shoes. Jamail Johnson, pastor Read More Read more

Ground is officially broken for Fertitta Family Tactical Training Center; Get ready for the first cadet training exercises coming this December!

Tom Kennedy

You’ve heard about it, you’ve read about it and by the end of this year you will be using the unique state-of-the-art facility to be known as the Tilman Fertitta Family Tactical Training Center at the HPD Police Academy. Fertitta, chairman of the Houston Police Foundation, used his entrepreneurial skills to raise the $10 million Read More Read more

HOPA Update: HPD officers’ ‘buddy system’ includes many phone lines to helpful listeners

Tom Kennedy

The familiar story always bears repeating time and again, so we will repeat it here. The everyday job of a Houston police officer is always stressful, many times overbearing while taking its punishing toll on officers who handle the worst of human situations and some people hardly qualifying as members of the human race. The Read More Read more

HPD Legacy: 4th generation of HPD Murdocks gets his choice of badges, picks great grandfather’s

Tom Kennedy

The HPD roster has included one Murdock or another and twice there’s been two at a time – since June 5, 1945 – three fourths of a decade. Officially, the Murdock names on that Houston Blue list, chronologically, are John Paul Sr., John Paul Jr., Steve and Travis. We’ll tell you the stories, again in Read More Read more

Mom and Tom served by Murdock on Patrol gets visit from next Murdock on same Patrol

Tom Kennedy

An HPD father and son celebrated a badge ceremony by going on patrol together from North Shepherd Division. It happened on Feb. 21, the day Detective Sgt. Steve Murdock of the Homicide Division put away his plainclothes for a day and donned a uniform, enabling him to go on patrol on the northside with his Read More Read more

AAPOL will expand eligibility for its community-based scholarship program

Tom Kennedy

The African American Police Officers League (AAPOL) has expanded its scholarship eligibility program in its stepped-up effort at fundraising in order to award a record $12,000 in scholarships this year. AAPOL President Eric Carr points out that the group has expanded its eligibility pool to the graduating seniors of all current and retired HPD officers. Read More Read more

Application update for Gary Gryder Scholarship Fund

Amanda Day

Thank you for joining us for the Inaugural Gary Gryder Memorial Softball Tournament. This year we’re going to open the application submissions for the Gary Gryder Scholarship Fund EXCLUSIVELY to students related to participants in the tournament.   In short, only students that are related to players who played in the tournament may apply. This Read More Read more

Numbers tell the story of why Officer Alfredo Garza was named one of HPOU’s Investigators of the Month

Tom Kennedy

HPOU chose Officer Alfredo Garza as the Union’s Investigator of the Month for his highly-praiseworthy work as an undercover Narcotics officer. Garza’s impressive numbers dazzled those present at the February general membership meeting. Those numbers told an awesome story of the officer’s work. Sgt. Arturo Bazan, supervisor of Squad No. 9 of the Narcotics Division, Read More Read more

Detective D. Yoon catches on fast in the Crimes against Children Unit, capping one investigation with the arrest of long-time predator

Tom Kennedy

After only a month of duty with the Crimes against Children Unit of the Special Victims Division, Detective David Yoon hit the ground running and quickly picked up speed. It was July of last year when he was assigned a low-priority child assault case in which detailed information about the suspect was slow materializing. The Read More Read more

Officer Goemans’ traffic stop of a suspicious vehicle leads to charges, rescue of an infant and Patrol Officer of Month honor

Tom Kennedy

The persistence shown by Patrol Officer Tim Goemans resulted in the arrest of a man and a woman who were in possession of significant amounts of controlled substances. The stop also entailed the rescue of a three-month-old child. Due to this outstanding work, the HPOU naming Goemans as the Patrol Officer of the Month in Read More Read more

Sugar Land private school honor students ‘adopt’ Officer Daily, plan to keep him smothered with appreciation, hopes for healing

Tom Kennedy

The sponsor of the National Junior Honor Society at a private school in Sugar Land was moved by the story of Officer John Daily, who continues to suffer from wounds sustained in a fiery Christmas Eve collision with a suspected drunk driver on Telephone Road. Tanya Washington listened very carefully to Officer Daily’s father, Owen, Read More Read more

Psych Services: Believe it! Police officer divorce rate lower than average – here are reasons why

Lisa Garmezy

Cops are good at staying married, although you wouldn’t know it from the arguments behind closed doors at Psych. Services.   The 2000 census showed 16.4 percent of the U. S. population was divorced when the questionnaire was filled out. The number was just 14.1 percent for police officers – significantly lower. Detectives and first-line Read More Read more

In times like these, HPD has high trust level with the community we call Houston

Tom Kennedy

NO BIG-CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT CAN GO through any significant sustained period of time without a police-related controversy of one kind or another. As we know from recent experiences, the Houston Police Department is no exception to this ever-present condition. In times like these the Badge & Gun must stress the strong community support each and Read More Read more

Kelsey-Seybold specialist says early diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma can help prevent blindness

Kelsey Seybold Staff

Regular medical checkups are a must to ensure good health and should include eye exams that screen for glaucoma.   “Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness globally,” says Ashley Huynh, O.D., an Optometric Glaucoma Specialist at Kelsey-Seybold’s Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center. “In the United States alone, more than 3 million people Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

      BARNES Mr. Melvin Wayne Barnes, Sr. passed away on Friday, February 8, 2019, at the age of 90. He is the father of Senior Police Officer Darrell D. Barnes, who is currently on Phase Down C. Services were held February 16 with burial in Hockley.   BOTELLO Mrs. Maria Yolanda Botello passed Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Heidi Hlavinka

Dear HPOU, I wanted to personally thank you for the beautiful plan that you sent in memory of William Riggs. It will bring years of enjoyment to the family as it will be reminder of him, but also a reminder that David has a second family who loves him just like we do. Words can’t Read More Read more