October 2018

In this issue:

The HPOU PAC endorses . . .

Tom Kennedy

Texas State Offices Gov. Greg Abbott (R) Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) Atty. Gen. Ken Paxton (R) Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown (R) Sen. John Whitmire (D) Dist. 15 Sen. Joan Huffman (R) Dist. 17 Sen. Jose Menendez (D) San Antonio Dist. 26 Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D) McAllen Dist. 20 Angela Paxton (R) Senate Dist. Read More Read more

Editorials: New events and recognitions

Tom Kennedy

Another worthy first for HPOU members: Coptoberfest! COPTOBERFEST WAS DESIGNED FOR TWO PURPOSES: FUN AND FUNDRAISING. For the first time in history the back parking lot of the Houston Police Officers Union was converted to a beer garden for the HPOU Coptoberfest. It happened all day Saturday, Oct. 6. The celebrative party was designed to Read More Read more

Sergeants Chris Andersen and David Helms Receive the Award of a Lifetime!

Staff Writer

Houston has long been known as the armored truck robbery capital of the world!  The criminals who commit these brazen acts are generally more violent and sophisticated than your “typical robbery crew” often evolving and developing a rarely observed level of operational maturity not seen in the world of serial commercial business robberies; the motivation Read More Read more

HPOU Legal: Mary Nan Huffman, the tough-minded Montgomery County prosecutor, joins vaunted HPOU Legal after impressive record with DA Brett Ligon

Tom Kennedy

HPOU Legal always seems to find the brightest and best to handle the Union’s representation of its vast membership. As Sally Ring goes into private practice, a lawyer with the rare name of “Mary Nan” comes on board as her successor, joining a long-serving group of dedicated legal minds known for expertly navigating the morass Read More Read more

HPOU Family Picnic also will be start and finish of Back the Blue 5K benefitting HPD family group

Tom Kennedy

This year’s HPOU Family Picnic has so many new and exciting events and activities it’s a small wonder there are any tickets left – there are plenty! But the number of events and amount of fun continues to grow. Picnic Committee Chairman Dan Levine said the venue will be the site of the start and Read More Read more

Officer Cabrera uses hard work, dedication to arrest capital murder suspect

Tom Kennedy

Patrol Officer Erick Cabrera’s successful efforts in tracking down a theft suspect led to the arrest of a man who was also facing charges of capital murder. Cabrera’s persistence led to his being named HPOU Patrol Officer of the Month in the September general membership meeting. This classic episode began on Aug. 14 of last Read More Read more

Persistent Detective Persad honored as HPOU Investigator of the Month

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU honored Detective Kris Persad as Investigator of the Month in the September general membership meeting for his dedication in tracking down a suspect caught on video trying to strangle a female victim at Memorial City Mall on Feb. 25. Persad and two other officers were able to view the security video of the Read More Read more

Adam-12 celebrates 50 years on the beat The TV series introduced the public to LAPD officers Jim Reed and Pete Malloy inspiring thousands to seek a career in law enforcement

Barbara A. Schwartz

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared on PoliceOne.com and is reprinted with permission from the author and PoliceOne.   Fifty years ago, on September 21, 1968, Adam-12 premiered on network television during a period of tension between the public and police that was inflamed by news reel images of riots at the Chicago Democratic National Read More Read more

Midnight League Report: Police league softball are great way to decompress, have fun away from duty

Amanda Day

The fall 2018 season of the Midnight Softball League was set to launch on Sept. 4 but Mother Nature had other plans. Three weeks of rain delays have this writer feeling like she’s living through Harvey 2.0. Although the delayed start has been unfortunate, we’re eager to get started soon because we’re welcoming four new Read More Read more

Subway shares Harvey anniversary with HPOU membership

Tom Kennedy

On Sept. 12 at HPOU headquarters it was Subway déjà vu. One year ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey – when most HPD officers were working grueling overtime hours, Subway went to bat feeding them big time. Last year the sandwich enterprise generously spread the cold cuts and cheese and distributed the chips approximately Read More Read more

Houston’s 911 Heroes Run once again a huge success

Tom Kennedy

The 8th Annual Houston 911 Heroes Run took place Sept. 8 and – as always – was a rousing success. Retired HPD Capt. Greg Fremin, the race director since the event began eight years ago, said the total funds raised from this year’s race had not been fully calculated. But Houston’s run always leads or Read More Read more

Amidst Moss/Winzer picture mix-up, B&G will continue to honor the memory of these two officers

Tom Kennedy

The Badge & Gun regularly publishes the detailed accounts of each of the 114 Houston police officers who died in the line of duty. Each of these accounts is written by retired HPD Homicide Lt. Nelson Zoch. We publish one of Zoch’s stories – detailed in his book Fallen Heroes of the Bayou City – Read More Read more

Sale of HPD’s special ‘Pink Patch Caps’ continues through October

Tom Kennedy

The special HPD “Pink Patch” caps “are selling fast” but will continue to be for sale at the Union as a special tribute to breast cancer victims who will be recognized during October, the designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month. “The Union is selling these to try to raise money for breast cancer patients,” HPOU’s Lisa Read More Read more

Psych Services: An open letter to one suffering from a fatal disease

Lisa Garmezy

This letter to an imagined friend sums up a lifetime of experiences with clients, family and friends. I am grateful for their trust.   Dear T.,   Your diagnosis is a nightmare. You and K. got horrifying news about protocols and survival rates, and I’m so, so sorry. I’m sharing some ideas that seem to Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer Floyd T. Deloach Jr.

Nelson Zoch

June 30, 1965 Floyd Taylor Deloach Jr. was born in Houston on October 20, 1936. He attended Ben Milam Elementary School, Washington Junior High and Reagan High School, graduating from Reagan in 1955. After serving his country in the United States Army for two years, he joined the Houston Police Department on September 14, 1959, Read More Read more

Common running injuries and tips from a Kelsey-Seybold specialist on how you can prevent them

Kelsey-Seybold Staff

Running is great exercise. You work your whole body, get to enjoy being outdoors if you so choose, and help keep your heart healthy. Running is hard on your body, though. If you know what some of the most common runner’s injuries are and what causes them, you have a better chance of preventing them. Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

    BROWN Mr. Guy Lee Brown Sr. passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2018, at the age of 75. He is the stepfather of Senior Police Officer Sherry B. Holden, assigned to the Southwest Division. Services were held September 15 with burial in Rosenberg.   FARRELL Retired Police Officer Oscar W. Farrell passed away Read More Read more

Thank You Notes to the HPOU

Heidi Hlavinka

The Houston Police Officers’ Union… Thank you for the beautiful plant sent to my Family during the loss of my mother, your kindness will never be forgotten.   Shamburger & Boykin Families Barbara G. Turner – Retired Officer Vanetta L. Hall – Juvenile Div.       Thank you so very much for all the Read More Read more