May 2015

In this issue:

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

Michael Mitchell Texas Police Trust Houston TX 77007 Dear Mr. Mitchell, I am writing to say thank you for being my Calf Scramble donor from Houston Livestock 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 Read More Read more

May 2015 Obituaries

Tom Kennedy

King Former Public Information Officer Alfred Thomas “Fred” King III passed away on Friday, April 10, 2015.  He joined the department on December 28, 1994, and served until April 14, 2000.  He is survived by his wife, Jo King; son, Tom King; daughter Sarah Farmer; and stepsons, Jeffrey Parker and Joel Parker.  He was preceded Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Richard Calhoun

Nelson Zoch

October 10, 1975 Richard Howard Calhoun was born on Aug. 4, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York. His father being a career U. S. Navy man, Richard and his siblings traveled extensively in his   early years. Where are They Now? An extensive investigation ensued into this individual’s possible involvement with the escapees. Eventually, four other individuals Read More Read more

2015 sees a record number of HPOU Scholarship recipients!

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU awarded a record number of college scholarships to the sons and daughters of Union members who will be experiencing their first semester of college this fall. Overall, $35,000 was awarded to 68 different college students at a special awards ceremony held on April 18 at the Union Building. That total was a record Read More Read more

HPOU honors Guerra and Combs As Patrol Officers of the Month

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Police Officers Union honored Officers J. Y. Guerra and M. Combs as Patrol Officers of the Month at the April general membership meeting. Guerra and Combs, who serves as a mentor in the HPD Mentor Program,  responded to a road rage incident in which a complainant was stabbed twice.  Guerra, who served in Read More Read more

A Tribute: Sgt. Jesse Foroi – an old Northside boy

Roger Dickson

I first met Sgt. Jesse Foroi in 1970 when I was a 21-year-old cadet in the Police Academy. He approached me and several of my classmates in the cafeteria, as we were on a short break between classes.  With a pleasant smile on his face, he informed us that we were much needed on the Read More Read more

HOPA going strong after nearly one year

Tom Kennedy

Houston Officers Peer Assistance (HOPA) is providing a much-needed service as it approaches its one-year anniversary of police officer/counselors providing a free counseling service to help officers with the job-related stresses in today’s policing world. “HOPA turns a year old in June,” HPOU 2nd Vice President Joe Gamaldi said. “We’ve helped a growing number of Read More Read more

HPOU renews support for Undies for Everyone

Tom Kennedy

Recognizing the success for a unique non-profit organization dedicated to supplying new underwear to underprivileged school children, the HPOU issued another $2,000 check to Undies for Everyone. HPOU 2nd Vice President Joe Gamaldi was thrilled with the organization’s success rate. “Undies for Everyone handed out over 75,000 pairs of underwear to underprivileged kids last year Read More Read more

Chaplain Montgomery excited about new second floor Prayer and Meditation Room location at 1200 Travis

Tom Kennedy

One day at 1200 Travis HPD Chaplain Montgomery grew concerned about the location of the Department’s Prayer and Meditation Room. Since it was located adjacent to his office on the 18th floor, the chaplain thought maybe it was too out-of-the-way for most officers and civilian personnel to reach. He admitted he didn’t really know what Read More Read more

Houstonian Gladney Darroh dedicates a performance Of his family-oriented play to Houston police officers

Tom Kennedy

Gladney Darroh’s positive can-do spirit shines brightly when he expresses his feelings about today’s American family, whether it’s his own – he raised a son and daughter as a single parent – or one as diverse as HPD’s. “I’ve broken all the rules, according to theater people,” the writer/producer said. “I have 17 roles, which Read More Read more

HPD’s oldest and wisest offer their candid time-tested advice

Tom Kennedy

The April 22 luncheon honoring the six HPD officers who are at least 70 years of age with at least 30 years of Houston policing experience called special attention to the importance of mentoring and setting examples for younger officers. Each of the six expressed his unending dedication to the Department’s goal of thwarting wrong-doers, Read More Read more

HPD’s six septuagenarians receive special recognition at an April luncheon event in

Tom Kennedy

As tall as the commissioned Houston police officials who are more than 70 years stood at a luncheon on April 22, these six gentlemen were dwarfed by the law enforcement officer who served as a keynote speaker. Actually no one in the room at Shula’s Steak House in the downtown Hyatt Regency Hotel stood high Read More Read more

Fertitta details Foundation’s “love story” with HPD

Tom Kennedy

As busy as he was on a recent afternoon, Tilman Fertitta took time out to tell the Badge & Gun how excited he is about this year’s police awards luncheon set for Monday, May 11 in the Imperial Ballroom at the Downtown Hyatt Regency. Civilian Professional Employee of the Year: Counselor Emily Burton-Blank Administrative Specialist Read More Read more

Editorial: Recognition for a long-time job well done

Tom Kennedy

OVER THE YEARS THERE HAVE BEEN FEW IF ANY programs quite like the April 22 event at a downtown Hyatt Regency steakhouse honoring all HPD officers 70 years of age with at least 30 years on the force. The special recognition luncheon stopped just short of “This is Your Life” productions for six well respected Read More Read more