Officer Gomez and his family receive another blessing: An expedited taxidermy job involving ‘dream hunt’ trophies

Tom Kennedy

The law enforcement family extends outside Houston and to the far reaches of Texas. Those men and women with badges and guns – who protect the people 24 hours every day – stick together when the sticking gets tough.

We have a story that best illustrates this point.

Officer Jorge Gomez and his son Clint (named for Eastwood, not Clinton) went on a November “dream hunt” in South Texas. Clint bagged a prize deer.

Gomez’ colleagues at the Airport Division (IAH) chipped in and paid for the hunt and also anted up enough to pay for the two mounts resulting from the productive outing. Officer Gomez is suffering from stage four colon cancer and has been spending more time at his home in New Braunfels, from where he commutes to IAH on a weekly basis.

The plan was to take Clint’s trophies to the highly-recommended Double Nickel Taxidermy in New Braunfels, knowing full well the process could take a number of months.

Gomez had a glowing report for the Badge & Gun:

“The crew at the Double Nickle Taxidermy finished both mounts! They put all their other work aside to be able to get the mounts to us ASAP. There is normally a six- to eight-month waiting period for mounts.

“When we went to pick up the mounts, they told me that they would be praying for me and my family. Furthermore, they thanked me for my services as a Houston police officer and said that there was going to be no charge for the mounts.

“Bill total: 0.00. Zero! God bless the crew at the Double Nickel Taxidermy.” The work included a shoulder mount of Clint’s prize trophy and an European mount of another deer he cross haired on the trip.

John Wilson owns the Double Nickle. His father, David, is a retired officer from the New Braunfels Police Department.

Double Nickle manager Thomas Williams put everything in perspective:

“When Jorge came in, he told us the story, which is a pretty touching story. The father of our owner, David Wilson, retired from the New Braunfels Police Department, so this really touched home a little bit there.

“We saw how it was for Jorge and his son. Jorge is a nice guy, very gracious, he had smile on his face the entire time. It was something we wanted to do for him. He looked like one heckuva deserving guy for it.”

David Wilson “actually works here at the shop with us,” Williams said. “He does a few of our pickups and some woodworking. We keep him busy.” Sounded like the perfect occupation for a retired police officer.

The Badge & Gun pressed Williams for more of the story. He explained, “We had to push it forward a little bit. And we had to do it a couple of times. It was an all-around team effort. We have 12 employees and work the year-round. We do lions, leopards, bears, fish, birds, snakes – just about everything but pets.”

As you might expect, Williams said the Double Nickle didn’t push the job up to do a good deed or “gain anything out of this.” Rather, he said, “This was something that hit home to us.”

With some persuasion, the Double Nickle was persuaded to allow the Badge & Gun to run its ad in this issue and again in the upcoming months.

Gomez remained upbeat and optimistic in his ongoing cancer battle. The venison sausage he gifted to his IAH colleagues, HPOU and the B&G tastes wonderful and was destined not to last through December.

Right before Christmas, HPD Chief Art Acevedo and his family were in the Austin area, from where they are moving to his new assignment in Houston. The chief stopped by to pay Gomez and his family a special get-well visit.

IAH Sgt. Paul Carr, who led the fundraising efforts for the dream hunt, emphasized that Gomez “did go in there and ask if they could expedite the process but he didn’t ask for a discount. They comped the whole thing.”

Carr couldn’t say enough good things about Officer Gomez: “He had dry sausage (from the deer Clint bagged). He took individual packages and labeled them to every single officer and every clerk from the captain on down at IAH.

“The chief visited with Jorge on his way back with his family from Big Bend. They met and spent three hours up there. It’s awesome that he did it. I don’t know if anybody else would have done that.”