Officer Daily’s father thankful for fundraising, outreach as his son shows determined improvement

Tom Kennedy, Editor
The Daily/Reid check presentation included, left to right, Officer Joe Castaneda, Commander Borza, Sergeant Tom Hayes of ATO, Officer Peyton, Officer Alonzo Reid, Officer Mike Daily, Sergeant Glover and the Daily twins’ father, Owen Daily. Photo by Gary Hicks

Owen Daily stepped up before HPOU’s general membership meeting on April 4 to thank the men and women in Houston Blue for their continuous support for his son – one of their own, Officer John Daily.

Officer Daily continues a grueling recovery from the fiery Christmas Eve collision with a drunken driver, resulting in second- and third-degree burns to the 25-year-old officer’s legs, face, stomach and chest. Daily has endured numerous operations and still faces others in the future.

Daily’s partner, Alonzo Reid, suffered lesser injuries and has returned to light duty. Both officers were the beneficiaries of a March 15 fundraiser spearheaded by Assist the Officer Foundation.

Presentation of the check – which amounted to more than $21,000 for each officer – proved to be a moving event, especially when Mr. Daily thanked HPOU and ATO and spoke of his son’s progress. Officer Mike Daily, John Daily’s twin brother, also is an HPD officer.

“John’s progress is really moving along greatly,” the proud father said. “He’s making progress. His last surgery was Wednesday.

“He stood on the parallel bars and took two steps.”

Owen Daily was deeply touched by the occasion and spoke slowly, at times emotionally. He told the officers present that he believed his injured son would be able to use a walker, vowing that “in two weeks he’ll be there.”