September 2018

In this issue:

JFlo fundraiser goes down as a $144,000 success story!

Tom Kennedy

LEAVE IT TO ASSIST THE OFFICER AND THE dedicated officers and friends of HPD to pitch in and help their fellow officers when a time of greatest need arises. Such an occasion emerged when Senior Police Officer Jerry Flores suffered an unusual golf cart accident in April. Flores, who is among the HPD officers who Read More Read more

Thank You, Gary Hicks!

Tom Kennedy

SO MUCH TIME GOES BY WITH THE UNSUNG WORK and dedication of certain unnamed individuals that a time comes when you must provide them special recognition. Our great friend Gary Hicks has volunteered his time – and very often the time of his wife Roselind – to travel far and wide to Austin and Washington, Read More Read more

HPOU Family Picnic is back! More first-time fun activities in place for Nov. 3 at Oil Ranch in Hockley

Tom Kennedy

Undaunted by last year’s cancellation due to Hurricane Harvey, the HPOU Family Picnic will be rejuvenated on Saturday, Nov. 3 at an exciting new venue – Oil Ranch in Hockley, off Highway 290 northwest of Houston. Picnic Committee Chairman and HPOU Board Member Dan Levine described to the Badge & Gun the different activities available Read More Read more

‘What am I bid?’ they asked – and the answer was thousands of dollars to benefit ever-popular HPD/Astros Officer JFlo

Tom Kennedy

The thousands of supporters of officer Jerry flowed over to Minute Maid Park to bid their hearts out to help a beloved HPD officer who continues to suffer from a unique golfing accident. Senior Police Officer Jerry Flores not only ranks as a well-respected 26-year HPD veteran but also works for Major League Baseball as Read More Read more

JFlo’s close friends and colleagues pitched in to make Aug. 23 Minute Maid fundraiser a gigantic success

Tom Kennedy

One could practically hear the steady beat of the heart under the JFlo T-shirt worn by Senior Police Officer Stephanie Reyes at the fundraiser for her friend and colleague Jerry Flores – the real “JFlo.” Reyes undertook a steady leadership role in organizing the minute details of the Aug. 23 fundraiser/auction at Minute Maid Park Read More Read more

Smash girl’s family lovingly cared for Jerry the Dog In the weeks prior to his becoming auction demand

Tom Kennedy

The dedication to raising funds to help Jerry Flores, aka “JFlo,” reached far and wide and couldn’t have been done on the large scale witnessed at the Minute Maid Park fundraiser in his honor on Aug. 23. A breeder of German Shepherds donated a registered male for use by HPD. When this full-blooded four-legged potential Read More Read more

First ATO/TAFR poker tournament raises more than $25,000 for each support group

Tom Kennedy

The first-ever Assist the Officer and TAFR Texas Hold ‘em Poker Tournament on Aug. 9 raised $25,000 for each organization, a success story that put smiles on many faces around the HPOU, which also served as a sponsor. The tournament drew more than 150 participants who paid entry fees and competed for prizes ranging from Read More Read more

Two sergeants and two detectives use animal blood, ‘stolen’ police ID to fake ‘hit’ on officer, arrest suspect

Tom Kennedy

The HPOU presented its Investigators of the Month honor to two sergeants and two detectives who successfully staged the “murder” of an HPD officer – complete with animal blood on the picture of proof – and arrested the suspect who wanted the officer killed. Capt. Dwayne Ready and his Threat Investigation Unit of the Major Read More Read more

What got America to the Moon can make you a better cop

Barbara A. Schwartz

Forty-nine years to the day that Americans first landed on the moon, July 20, 1969, the people who made that historic event possible gathered for a private reception at Space Center Houston.   No other group on this planet can say that they had a hand in putting humans on another celestial body.   These Read More Read more

Patrol Officers Stroehmberg and McDonald witness sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl, persevere to get charges filed against suspect

Tom Kennedy

Two truly persistent officers – Werner Stroehmberg and Brandon McDonald – were honored as HPOU Patrol Officers of the Month in August for capturing the sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl on body cameras and finally making the case for first degree felony charges to District Attorney Kim Ogg. HPOU President Joe Gamaldi presented the Read More Read more

The Epidemic of Fentanyl has arrived in Houston

Ana Andino

For most people when asking about fentanyl drug, they may think is just a synthetic opioid that doctors usually prescribe to chronic pain patients. Patients may know that it is very likely to acquire an addiction; however, most people don’t know how dangerous and even fatal just a small amount could be.   Fentanyl has Read More Read more

HPD becomes first Department in the USA to authorize Red Dot training sessions for each and every officer

Tom Kennedy

Requests for HPD’s latest innovation – police academy curriculum for red dot training – are pouring in from police departments all over the nation. The eight-hour red dot training course offered at the academy thus far has 20 graduates. But Sgt. Rob Sandoval, one of the two developers of the pioneering concept, believes it’s only Read More Read more

The 9/11 Heroes Run, a great Houston tradition, will be Sept. 8, raise funds for many in uniform

Tom Kennedy

Houston is honored once again to host the 9/11 Heroes Run, which will be held at Houston City Hall on Saturday, Sept. 8. The opening ceremonies commence at 7:30 a.m. This will be the 8th year that Houston has hosted this national venue, which honors the victims of 9/11 and the wars since.  The origins Read More Read more

Coptoberfest designed for two purposes: Fun and fundraising!

Tom Kennedy

For the first time in history the back parking lot of the Houston Police Officers Union was converted to a beer garden for the first-ever HPOU Coptoberfest on Oct. 6. Times: 11:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. The celebrative party was designed to imitate the best of the fall October Fests held all over Houston and Read More Read more

HPD’s special ‘Pink Patch Caps’ go on sale Sept. 10

Tom Kennedy

Beginning Sept. 10 the special HPD “Pink Patch” caps will 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. Price is $10 each. HPOU’s Lisa Marino said, explaining that “with proceeds a donation will be designated for Susan Read More Read more

Calf Scramble Report: August great learning period for hair clipping and a feeding plan

Grace Ritter

August flew by fast. This month has been another of training. As Roxie is getting into the groove of having a schedule, she is becoming more and more relaxed. August has been full of new things for not only Roxie but me as well. Roxie got her hooves trimmed, hair clipped and a new hair Read More Read more

Operation Lone Star supports Warriors Heart in the Hill Country

Jim Conley

Warriors Heart is a rehabilitation center that provides private in-patient treatment to veterans and first responders suffering from the results of chemical dependency, alcohol abuse and psychological disorders related to post-traumatic stress or the psychological effects of mild traumatic brain injury. Founded by Josh Lannon, a businessman, and Tom Spooner, a retired US Army veteran Read More Read more

Fallen Heroes: Officer William Moss

Nelson Zoch

September 12, 1983 William Moss was born in Union Point, Georgia, on August 17, 1941. He was the tenth of twelve children born to Willie and Lula Mae Moss. He graduated in 1959 from Moultrie High School in Moultrie, Georgia. From there, he moved to the New Jersey-New York City area and was employed in Read More Read more

Hypertension develops early and silently, warns Kelsey-Seybold physician

Kelsey Seybold Staff

Hypertension, also called high blood pressure, is a common condition in the United States. It’s especially common among African-Americans, although no one is immune to it. High blood pressure usually has no symptoms. That’s why it’s called a “silent killer.” The only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have your Read More Read more

Psych Services: Major issues can lurk below the surface of seemingly trivial disagreements

Lisa Garmezy

Don’t leave your boxers on the bedroom floor, the wife said. Please don’t leave your boxers on the floor, she repeated and repeated. Finally, the husband walked in on his wife nailing them to the floor in their usual spot, because apparently, they were a permanent part of the décor. Another therapist swears it’s true. Read More Read more

Obituaries of HPD Family Members

Tom Kennedy

  ANDERSON Mrs. Suddie Opal Jeanes Anderson passed away on Monday, July 30, 2018, at the age of 88. She is the grandmother of Detective David J. Patterson, assigned to the Vice Division. Services were held August 3 with burial in Broaddus, Texas.   ASCHEAL Mrs. Carolyn E. Ascheal passed away on Sunday, August 5, Read More Read more

Thank You notes to the HPOU

Tom Kennedy

  HPOU, Thank you for all you have done for the family during this most difficult time in the loss of Jamie. Your kindness, thoughtfulness, and prayers are much appreciated. Thank you for your support and the flowers. Delores (Mom), Cindy (Wife), Lourinda (Sister), and sons Garret and Greyson   HPOU, The family of Jose Read More Read more