Category Archives: Community Losses

Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull Dies After Being Shot By Robbery Suspect

HullFORT WORTH, TX (CBSDFW.COM) — Undercover Fort Worth Police Officer Garrett Hull who was shot just after midnight Friday outside the Los Vaqueros bar in the 400 block of Biddison Street has died.

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald along with Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and several members of the Fort Worth Police Department announced the news just after midnight Saturday morning — just about 24 hours after Hull was shot during a confrontation with a group of armed robbery suspects.

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Video of Dallas PD 7/7 Memorial

7/7 MEMORIAL: The Dallas Police Department honors the lives of the five officers who were killed on July 7, 2016.

Ferris Wheelers restaurant hosts night of food and music for Dallas Five

By CultureMap Staff

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Courtesy of Dallas Police Department

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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DAY 3 FINAL UPDATE MISSING BOATER ON GRAPEVINE LAKE

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.

Pearland Mourns Loss of K-9 Nancy

MortonThe 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.

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Memorial Service for “Buddy” March 31

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Pearland mourns the loss of its first Accelerant Detection Canine

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Rest easy, Buddy. We’ll take it from here.

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.”

Pearland loses its first Accelerant Detection Canine

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Buddy always had the best seat in the house!

“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.

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Dr. David Watson Memorial

drwatsonglaregone_20copyDavid Alan Watson passed on the night of January 31, 2016, surrounded by people who loved him. He is survived by his family, friends and the wonderful community he worked so hard to create.

Dr. Watson was both a thinker and a doer. He practiced even more so than he ever preached. As a civil servant and research scientist, he was constantly working to make the world a healthier, more equitable place. His proudest accomplishments, though, were those that involved his four kids. His thirst for knowledge and spirit of perseverance will live on in them.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Adult Reading Center (http://www.adultreadingcenter.org/) or Keep Pearland Beautiful (www.mykpb.org). David definitely had a passion for reading and the environment.

His visitation & life celebration will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at Westside Events Center, at 2150 Country Place Parkway, Pearland, Texas, 77584.

Texas tech student from Pearland stabbed to death outside Lubbock bar

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Texas Tech student Zachary Kafer, 20, from Pearland, was stabbed to death outside a bar called Mesquites in Lubbock early Thursday (Jan. 14) morning.

Police were called to the bar in the 2400 block of Broadway Ave. at 1:15 a.m. Police say Kafer had an altercation with John Henry Allen, also 20, when Allen stabbed him multiple times.

A witness helped Kafer’s roommate transport Kafer, who was already unconscious, to the hospital, where he passed away.

According to police, Allen claims that several males, including Kafer, started yelling at him as he sat in his car with a passenger in front of an ATM machine next to the bar. He says one of the men reached in and punched him in the face. Allen then started swinging a knife out the window at the men.

Police say that Allen confessed to the stabbing, and a knife believed to be the murder weapon was recovered in his vehicle.

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Police arrested Allen at his nearby apartment. He is being held in the Lubbock County Detention Center with a $500,000 bond.