In Memoriam 2021

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Trooper
Chad Walker
Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Trooper Chad Walker succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained five days earlier when he was ambushed while stopping to assist what he believed was a disabled vehicle near Mexia, Texas.

He was travelling on FM 2838, near U.S. Highway 84, when he observed the vehicle parked on the shoulder at about 7:45 pm. As he pulled behind the vehicle, the driver exited and opened fire with a handgun, shooting through the windshield of the patrol car before it had come to a full stop. Trooper Walker was struck in the head and abdomen.

The driver fled into a wooded area and remained at large until committing suicide the following day.

Trooper Walker was transported to a local hospital where it was determined he could not survive his wounds. He was kept on life support until March 31st, 2021, when his organs were donated.

Trooper Walker had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for six years and had 18 years of law enforcement experience. He had previously served with the Groesbeck Police Department, Athens Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, and Limestone County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his wife, 15-year-old son, twin 7-year-old daughters, and a two-month-old daughter.

 
Corrections Officer
Luis Arturo Hernandez, Sr.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Diboll, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Corrections Officer Art Hernandez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while assigned to the Rufus H. Duncan Unit in Diboll, Texas.

Officer Hernandez had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Beginning 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 have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Police Commander (Retired)
Roberto Avitia, Jr.
Brownsville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Robert was employed by the Brownsville Police Department for 36 years and retired as Police Commander in 2011. During his tenure, he received numerous letters of commendation for his accomplishments in the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2004 he was appointed as Police Commander where he served until his retirement.

Robert was an active member and supporter of the Texas Police Games and was instrumental in promoting the Games when in the South Texas Region. He also competed and won numerous medals in the events, primarily Bowling. He was one of the local coordinators for the 2020 Games before it was cancelled due to Covid-19. He had served as the Local Bowling Coordinator for the 2021 Games.

Robert was very involved in the Police Games especially when helping to get the Games hosted in the Brownsville/South Padre Island area. He loved the camaraderie it brought with officers gathering from all over the state. He represented the Games and Brownsville always in a happy positive manner.

Robert was well respected and had made numerous friends over the years while competing and assisting with the Texas Police Games.

Robert is survived by his wife, his three sons, his brother, his sisters and five grandchildren.

 
Correctional Officer III
Tracey Adams
Texas Department Criminal Justice
Correctional Division
Beaumont, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, March 6, 2021

Correctional Officer III Tracey Adams died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Mark W. Stiles Unit in Beaumont, Texas.

Officer Adams had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for only two months.

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.

 
Officer
Carlos Mendoza
US Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
Pharr, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Officer Carlos Mendoza died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty at the Pharr Cargo Facility in Pharr, Texas.

Officer Mendoza had served with the United States Customs and Border Protection – Office of Field Operations and the legacy United States Customs Service for 22 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.

 
Parole Officer
Troy K. Morin
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Parole Division
San Antonio, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Parole Officer Troy Morin died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Parole Officer Morin had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Parole Division for 2-1/2 years and was assigned to the San Antonio I Parole Office. He is survived by his children, mother, stepfather, and two sisters.

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.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Tawiwo Obele
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Palestine, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Corrections Officer IV Tawiwo Obele died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Beto Unit in Palestine, Texas.

Officer Obele had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for two 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

 
Major
Estaban “Stevie” Ramirez, III
Bell County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Major Stevie Ramirez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during a presumed exposure at the Bell County Jail at 2401 S. Loop 121 in Belton.

Major Ramirez had served with the Bell County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years. He is survived by his wife and daughter.

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.

 
Deputy Constable
Manuel Phillipe De La Rosa
Hays County Constable’s- Precinct 2 Office, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Deputy Constable Manuel De La Rosa died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty while serving papers.

Deputy Constable De La Rosa had served in law enforcement for 15 years. He had previously served with the Bridgeport Police Department, Sunset Valley Police Department, Texas State University Police Department, and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office. He is survived by his daughter, father, and sister.

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
Mitchell Penton
Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 13, 2021

Police Officer Mitchell Penton was struck and killed by a vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver at about 1:45 am.

He was working at the scene of a vehicle collision in the northbound lanes of the North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane. He was securing traffic with the emergency lights from his patrol car when a vehicle driven by an intoxicated driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, hit the back of his patrol car. The collision pushed the patrol car into Officer Penton.

Officer Penton was transported to Baylor University Medical Center when he died from his injuries.

The driver of the vehicle that struck Officer Penton was arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter of a police officer and intoxication assault.

Officer Penton had served with the Dallas Police Department for two years and was assigned to the Northeast Patrol Division.

Officer Penton is survived by his wife and their unborn child.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Vicky James
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Bonham, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Corrections Officer IV Vicky James died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Choice Moore Unit in Bonham, Texas.

Officer James had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for four 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.

 
Detective
Pedro Junior “Pete” Majia
Pasadena Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, February 6, 2021

Detective Pete Mejia died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure while on duty.

Detective Mejia had served with the Pasadena Police Department for 16 years and was assigned to the Narcotics Division. He is survived by his daughters, mother, brother, sister, and maternal grandparents.
Beginning 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 have died as a result of COVID-19, and continue to do so as the virus spreads across the United States.

 
Detention Officer
Robert Perez
Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Texas

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Detention Officer Robert Perez died as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak at the Harris County Jail.

Detention Officer Perez was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for five 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.

 
Special Agent
Robert Allan Mayer, Jr
United States Department of Homeland Security
Customs and Border Protection
Del Rio, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, January 30, 2021

Special Agent Robert Mayer died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 in the line of duty.

Special Agent Mayer had served with the United Customs and Border Protection – Office of Professional Responsibility for two years and was assigned to the Del Rio Sector. He had previously served with the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement – Homeland Security Investigations for 17 years and the Val Verde County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office for nine years. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, and mother.

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.

 
Lieutenant
Treva Preston
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Bryan, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, January 15, 2021

Lieutenant Treva Preston died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among employees and inmates at the Hamilton Unit in Bryan, Texas.

Lieutenant Preston had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for 16 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.

 
Corrections Officer IV
Alfred Jimenez
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Plainview, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, January 15, 2021

Corrections Officer IV Alfred Jimenez died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak amount employees and inmates at the Formby Unit in Plainview.

Officer Jimenez had served with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for five years. He is survived by his niece whom he raised.
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.

 
Sheriff (Retired)
Danny Ray Simmons
Crane Co. SO, Texas

End of Watch: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Former Sheriff Danny Ray Simmons passed away January 14, 2021 in San Angelo, Texas due to complications as the result of contracting COVID-19.

He proudly served his country in the Air Force from 1975-1979 and then for Portland PD, Crockett County, Crane PD, and as Crane County Sheriff from 1979-2004.

He was hired as an LEP contractor through the Department of Defense and served in Iraq and Afghanistan as the head of the Bagdad Police Academy College and Army IED bombing investigator from 2005-2015.

Danny competed for several years in the Texas Police Games playing Golf and enjoying the competition as well as the fellowship with all the other officers

He is survived by his wife Cindy Simmons, children and 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.

 
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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