Latest Thank You Notes to HPOU

Tom Kennedy


Thank you for allowing me to participate in the scholarship ceremony. It was a great event that I was very happy to be a part of. Thank you for a awarding me with a scholarship and investing in my education.


Landon Nelson


The Juarez Warriors would like to thank you for your kindness, prayers and loving support of Officer Elias Juarez as he battles state 3 prostate cancer.

Also, we thank you for your generous gift of $250, which will go directly to EJ’s medical expenses. We greatl7y appreciate you standing together with us as we support EJ in this fight.

EJ’s fight is OUR fight!

Officers of the Dickinson Police Department

To All,

My sisters and I would like to thank everyone who sent flowers, letters, emails and text messages of condolences for Dad. There have been so many it has been hard to keep up with all of them.

As most of you know Dad marched to the beat of his own drum. He had a great sense of humor that he passed on to us and everyone else he encountered. That sense of humor has been such a major part of our coping with the loss of Dad that it brings the words, “Laughter Heals the Heart” to life.

I forgot a few things during the eulogy that I wanted the world to know about Dad. One was a telegram he sent back to El Paso after the birth of Ginger. It said, “Another Girl, We Quit!”

Melissa and I were next to be born so we sure area glad they didn’t “Quit!” Another one of those things was how Dad got his name “Dusty.” His brother, Russell, was the first to go to Texas A&M and back then you had to be in the Corps of Cadets. Well, the seniors hazed pretty good back then and they nicknamed Russell “Rusty.” When Dad made it to Aggieland he said they marched the fish so long every day that his ass (his words) would drag the dirt and dust would get stirred up and they started calling him “Dusty.”

There you have it. The man named William “Dusty” Ruhlen Durrill lived life to the fullest. He stood his ground when he had to, and when he got a vision in his head nothing would stop him from accomplishing his goal.

Attached is a letter I just received from one of his old Navy buddies.

Don’t be sad. Dad wouldn’t have it, rather lift a glass and toast him for the life he lived and the love he shared with us all.

We sincerely appreciate the great outpouring of emotion from all of you and your love of our father.

“Make something happen.”

“Don’t let others ruin your day.”

“Don’t worry about the things you cannot control.”

“They didn’t teach you this in college, did they?”

William R. Durrill Jr.

 Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for the beautiful ivy plant. It is doing well and I enjoy it every day.

Jerry was an HPD officer in two separate periods of time: 1972-1982, then from 1992-2004. In between and following he was in various agencies here in Houston County (County seat: Crockett). Prior to 1972 his interest in law enforcement began on Shore Patrol, U. S. Navy, Charleston, SC.

To say that law enforcement was his life is an understatement. He loved HPD and was devoted to it and was proud to serve. Our family is likewise proud of him. We do so appreciate your kindness and your SERVICE!

Margaret, Hollis, Lloyd and April Wright


I want to personally thank you for the generous scholarship I was given to help further my academic career. The money I received will play a very large and important role when I need to pay for my classes and books this upcoming fall.

I am striving for success and the Union’s generous donation will help tremendously in the process of reaching my goal. I am looking forward to this upcoming chapter in my life, especially now that a portion of financial stress has been eliminated thanks to the Houston Police Officers Union. Thank you!

Julianne Cashdollar


The family of Howard White acknowledges with grateful appreciation the kind expression of your sympathy.

The White Family

 Dear Houston Police Officers Union,

I would like to thank you all for helping me to further my eduction with your fit of $500. It was a great honor to be selected as a scholarship recipient and I appreciate the time you all took to read my essay. I would again like to say thank you for your generous contribution to my future education and helping to somewhat relieve me of the financial burdens that come with higher education.


Raelyn Poe

 Board of Directors,

Thank you for your thoughtfulness in sending the beautiful potted plant. Your kind thoughts are greatly appreciated.

The Kluge Family


Thank you to all for my scholarship award. The $500 is needed and appreciated. I will use this award toward my college expenses. Again, thanks so much.


Mattison Sims


On behalf of the Prince George’s County Police Department and the family of Detective Jacai Colson, I would like to thank you for the kindness that you have shown during out time of bereavement. We are grateful for the overwhelming demonstration of support and words of comfort.

Your expressions of sympathy will b e conveyed to the family members of Detective Colson.

Henry P. Stawinski III

Chief of Police


Thank you very much for the beautiful plant for my mother’s funeral. Your caring is much appreciated and needed during this very difficult time.


Dan and Amy Schwarzbach


Thank you so much for the beautiful plant you gave our father. Our HPD family was so generous with their help and prayers during our time of need. Both active and retired officers came by to visit our father during his last days and it meant the world to our family.

God bless you all!

The Richard Delano Family

 Houston Police Officers Union,

Thank you for the beautiful plant. Your thoughtfulness means so much to our family. Thank you for your kind words, your caring actions and your constant prayers.


The Ramsey Family

 Dear HPOU,

Thank you for the beautiful stand-up floral spray sent for the services of my husband, Raymond V. Garcia. Your support at this timein our life is very much appreciated. The Police Honor Guard presence was most impressive and a fitting tribute for his 40 years’ service.

He truly loved his chosen profesion.

God bless and watch over our police officers.

With sincere love and gratitude,

Gloria Garcia and Family


Thank you for the plant during tough times of our mother’s death.


SPO Daniel Rosales

PO Matthew Rosales

Cadet Joshua Rosales


With great appreciation for the thoughtfulness and potted plant.

Mr. and Mrs. Billie Williams


Thank you to the chief of police, lieutenants, detectives, police officers and all of your staff for sending our daughter Gabby Taylor, our HERO, your beautiful birthday cards!! Gabby has Down Syndrome and turned 20 years old. She LOVES the police and prays often every night for protection for you all. A simple message on Facebook was emailed out to several police stations around the USA for autographs from the police for Gabby’s birthday.

She has gotten over 50 cards and reached over 37 states from the USA!! THANK YOU!!!!!!

We love you and GABBY LOVES YOU and PRAYS for you!!!!!!! We thank you so much for all you have given to her and we will always be grateful for this special day. We are overwhelmed by the LOVE for our daughter and we are forever grateful for the beautiful messages for Gabby. Thank you!

Kerry and Gabby Taylor

Gainesville, Florida

 To everyone that helped my family,

My family and I want to thank you for all the help and donations that were offered to my family. We also want to let everyone know we decided to build. Again thank you to everyone.      We sincerely appreciate all the help.

Thank you,

The Gaspar Family


I wish to thank the Board of Directors of the Houston Pollice Officers Union for their expression of sympathy on the death of my sister, Mary Lou (Elkin) Kluge. The Kluge family also thanks the HPOU for the beautiful pot plant that was sent.


William M. “Bill” Elkin

HPOA (HPOU) Past President


Thank you for your words of sympathy, your voice of concern, your gesture of caring and the love you offer.

He was so proud to have been an HPD officer.

Ginger Strait

The family of Jerry Max Strait

Dear HPOU,

Our family truly appreciates the beautiful plant that was sent in honor of our mother, Carmen Elizondo. While it was difficult to see her go, our hearts were uplifted by your kindness.


Frank Elizondo and Family


We want to thank you for the beautiful plant that you sent.

During a time like this we realize how much our friends and relatives really mean to us. Your expression of sympathy will always be remembered.

The Family of Ernest Kirschke Jr.