November 2017

In this issue:

The World Series Celebration parade brought out the best in the city and the best in the Department

Tom Kennedy

WE LOVE TO USE BASEBALL ANOLOGIES TO DESCRIBE THE work of the Houston Police Department – especially when they are fun. Let’s begin by saying the score for the bad guys during the first World Series Championship parade in Houston history was the following: No runs, no hits and no errors. HPD officers on the Read More Read more

HPOU honors Detective Orellana as Investigator Of the Month for taking child molester of the streets

Tom Kennedy

Detective Maricela Orellana, a six-year HPD veteran assigned to the Special Victims Division – Child Sexual Abuse Unit, was recognized in November as HPOU Investigator of the Month for taking a child molester off the streets of Houston. The division’s captain, David Angelo, detailed Orellana’s professionalism for HPOU members. Orellana was assigned a challenging sexual Read More Read more

HPOU recognizes Officer Sam Eyre As Patrol Officer of the Month

Tom Kennedy

The Houston Police Officers Union honored Officer Sam Eyre as its Patrol Officer of the Month in the November general membership meeting. Sgt. Anthony Herrera nominated the North Patrol Shift III officer for the actions he took to save a woman from suicide. Late in the evening of July 31, Eyre was dispatched to a Read More Read more

Two of HPD’s Harvey first responder heroes detail ‘lifetime experience’ of all-expense-paid trip to Series

Tom Kennedy

Several of the HPD officers who went on Mattress Mack’s all-expense-paid trip to Game 6 of the 2017 World Series (won by the Houston Astros!) said it was the trip of a lifetime. “We were able to fly to LA to watch Game6 with the Astros,” Officer Alex Mayo told the Badge & Gun. “The Read More Read more

3 sets of HPD officers serving helpful stints in Puerto Rico

Tom Kennedy

HPD was not going to let a minute go by without helping its brothers and sisters in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The first 25-member HPD contingent left around the first of November and included a captain, three sergeants and 21 officers, according to HPD Assistant Chief Pedro Lopez. “They are patrolling with the police,” Lopez explained, Read More Read more

Lupe Tortilla lunch at HPOU raises $14,000 for HPD flood victims

Tom Kennedy

An Oct. 26 luncheon Lupe Tortilla with the help of the Union and Assist the Officer raised a total of $14,000 to help HPD officers who suffered heavy home and automobile losses while on duty during Hurricane Harvey. HPOU and ATO raised $7,000 in ticket sales and Lupe Tortilla matched that amount. The check presentation Read More Read more

HPOU History: War story about violent 1970s HPD drug wars set the stage For events leading to creation of Houston Police Officers Union

Tom Kennedy

Editor’s Note: The history of the Houston Police Officers Union came to us in three phases: 1) the formation of the Houston Police Officers Association in the 1940s; 2) the creation of the Houston Police Patrolman’s Union in the late 1970s; and 3) the merging of HPOA and HPPU to form HPOU in the 1990s. Read More Read more

Being healthy starts with knowing your numbers, says Kelsey-Seybold primary care doctor

Kelsey Seybold Staff

You can recite your cellphone, Social Security and bank PIN numbers without hesitation. But can you reel off the numbers that add up to good health? Knowing these numbers – and how your levels compare to healthy readings – is a powerful way to take charge of your health. “Disease prevention revolves around numbers you Read More Read more

5 steps to get your numbers back on tract

Tom Kennedy

Whether you need to lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose or BMI, these five steps can get you back on track. Aim for 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as walking, jogging, swimming, biking or dancing, five days per week. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Fill your plate with plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Solo Motorcycle Officer J. D. Landry

Nelson Zoch

November 3, 1930 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 speeder Read More Read more

Psych Services: Postpartum Depression (PPD) is NOT a hopeless condition

Lisa Garmezy

Chrissy Teigen is the latest celebrity to open up about postpartum depression. Thrilled with her new daughter and her husband, singer John Legend, she thought she couldn’t have it. But a year after Luna’s birth, there were still tears, irritability and unexplained aches. “When I wasn’t in the studio, I never left the house–I mean, Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

      BERTRAND Mrs. Catalina Bertrand passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, at the age of 84. She is the mother of Senior Police Service Officer Nancy Bertrand, assigned to the Criminal Investigations Command / Crime Stoppers Detail. Services were held November 7 with burial in Forest Park Lawndale   BURNS Retired Police Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy

HPOU, Thank you for the beautiful floral arrangement in honor of Tom. We aopreciate you thinking of us during this difficult time. Paula, Tommy and Sarah   HPOU, Thank you for the support and the plant. The family of Danny Brown. Virginia     Read more