7/7 MEMORIAL: The Dallas Police Department honors the lives of the five officers who were killed on July 7, 2016.
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July 7, 2016, was a tragic day in Dallas history, when five police officers were killed in the line of duty during an ambush in downtown Dallas.
Two years later, on July 7, Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ, the Design District-adjacent restaurant with a functional Ferris wheel, is partnering with a group called Brotherhood for the Fallen (BFTF), to host a fundraising event to honor the memory of the fallen officers.Brotherhood for the Fallen was started by a group of Chicago police officers in 2010.
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Grapevine, Texas (July 5, 2018) – Grapevine Marine units, along with Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens, the Flower Mound Fire Department , and a Grand Prairie Fire Department Marine unit continued to search Grapevine Lake for a missing sail boater. Around 1:00 pm this afternoon, Game Wardens identified on sonar what they believed to be an image of the missing boater in the area where we believe the incident occurred. The Grand Prairie Fire Department Marine unit confirmed the image with their sonar and the Grapevine Fire Department Dive team was called in to make the recovery.
Shortly after 3:00 pm, the victim was recovered. This is believed to be the victim that went missing at 9:30pm on Tuesday, July 3 on Grapevine Lake when he fell overboard without a life jacket. The victim was turned over to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner for positive identification. Texas Game Wardens will handle the notification of family.
We cannot stress the importance of wearing a lifejacket anytime you are enjoying Lake Grapevine.
The Pearland Police Department is mourning the loss of retired Detection K9, Nancy. The 12-year-old Belgian Malinois was the loyal partner and companion of Detective Eric Morton and served the Pearland community from November 2005 until her retirement in early 2014. Nancy was certified for narcotics detection, human tracking and article searches.
“Nancy was loved by everyone around her and she will be sorely missed by the Pearland Police Department, Detective Eric Morton and his family,” said Pearland Chief of Police, J.C. Doyle.
Nancy and Officer Morton are credited with the seizure of more than $1.3 million dollars of illegal narcotics, property and currency. Together, the two were recognized as the 2007 Pearland Police Officer of the Year. She and Officer Morton also assisted with training and investigations for other local law enforcement agencies, including Brazoria and Harris County, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Friendswood Police Department.
In addition to fighting crime, Nancy was a community favorite appearing at countless schools, daycares and community events. The City of Pearland sends condolences to Detective Morton and his family.
The City of Pearland is mourning the loss of their first arson-investigating canine, Buddy.
Buddy and his human, Deputy Fire Marshal Greg Bozdech, have worked more than one hundred arson investigations in Pearland and six surrounding counties.
Buddy, 7, received his five-year service award at the Pearland Fire Department Banquet on Feb. 27. He played a key role during fire prevention presentations at local schools, daycares and public events, reaching countless residents with life saving fire safety messages.
Buddy got suddenly sick on Wednesday (Mar. 9), and Bozdech had to make the heart-wrenching decision to stop Buddy’s suffering on Tuesday (Mar. 15). Buddy had been diagnosed with sudden-onset cancer.
“Greg and Buddy have done great PR for our department, and K9 Buddy will be missed,” said League City Volunteer Firefighter Kevin Kasten. Bozdech and Buddy volunteered for League City for many years.
“I already miss him,” said Bozdech. “It seems to be the little things, like his bed in the corner, that really get to me. He was a great and loyal partner.”
As the firefighters say, “Rest easy, Buddy. We’ll take it from here.”
“Buddy,” the first Accelerant Detection Canine used for arson investigations by the Pearland Fire Marshal’s Office, passed away on Tuesday (Mar. 15).
Buddy’s human, Deputy Fire Marshal Greg Bozdech, and Buddy were together for four years.
Buddy passed from rapid onset cancer. The City of Pearland and the Blue Bell Creamery mourns his loss.