In Memoriam 2021

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Lieutenant
William Lyle Gardner
Denver City Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 7, 2021

Lieutenant William Gardner died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a confirmed exposure while assisting EMS personnel on a medical call involving a COVID-19 positive patient in the 100 block of Rogers Circle.

Lieutenant Gardner had served with the Denver City Police Department for 33 years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Police Officer
John Henry Smith (Retired)
Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Monday, January 4, 2021

In 1983, John joined the Houston Police Academy, graduating in Class 116, under the leadership of Chief Lee P. Brown. There, he spent 29 years, retiring on December 7, 2012. While on the force, John received numerous honors, ranging from the Drug Task Force, Identi-Child Program, and the Community Relations Committee, where he lectured at schools and community events. John worked at the Northwest Patrol Station, Teleserve Division, and Ranchester Storefront. He excelled in marksmanship, receiving the rank of distinguished expert shooter. In his past time, John immensely loved gun and bow hunting, fishing, shooting at the gun and archery range, as well as making his own ammunition. He participated in competitive archery and organized softball, and he made repeated appearances at the Texas Police Olympic Games, where he was inducted into the Hall of Fame for archery in 2011. John’s pure heart was seen, known, and loved by countless individuals. He touched an immeasurable amount of lives in his 69 years on earth, up until the day of his passing, due to heart failure, Monday, 01/04/2021. He is survived by his wife and two children.

 
Sergeant
Randall Sims
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Brownwood, Texas

End of Watch: Sunday, January 3, 2021

Sergeant Randall Sims died from complications after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Havins Unit in Brownwood, Texas.

Sergeant Sims had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 27 years.

In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.

 
Sergeant
Bruce Watson
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, January 2, 2021

Sergeant Bruce Watson was killed in a motorcycle crash near the intersection of Shadow Creek Parkway and Kingsley Drive in Pearland.

He had just completed a funeral escort when his department motorcycle collided with an SUV. He was flown to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Sergeant Watson was a U.S. Army veteran and had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife, three children, and grandchild. His wife serves with the Houston Police Department.

 

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