Category Archives: First Responders

‘Dining for Heroes’ is Back at Cotton Patch in Stephenville

Peace Officers’ Angels Foundation (POAF) is proud to partner with Cotton Patch to support our brave men and women behind the badge. Officers from local departments will be trading their badges for an apron to serve you! Detective Dustin Paulsen with Erath County Sheriff’s Office is one of Stephenville’s local officers who was critically injured in the line of duty. He will be putting on an apron as well to say hello and thank you to his community!

Bring your appetite and your generous support for law enforcement in a salute to first responders in Stephenville and across Texas on June 4 from 11 am until 3 pm at Cotton Patch, located at 2860 W. Washington St. in Stephenville.

POAF supports peace officers (city, state, and county) who suffer a critical, life-changing on-duty injury. A portion of the proceeds will go to scholarships for children of injured officers whom POAF has assisted.

Officers serve us every day! Join us, and let them serve you at your table! It’s a great way to get to know them and to support law enforcement.

One cause unites us all. Thank you for your support!

It’s National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week!

Every year during the second week of April, the telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored. This week-long event, initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California and dubbed National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, is a time to celebrate and thank those who dedicate their lives to serving the public. It is a week that should be set aside so everyone can be made aware of their hard work and dedication.

9/11 March – Uniformed First Responders Wanted!

The Grapevine Fire Department Honor Guard is seeking 455 first responders (from all cities) to march on Saturday, September 11 to honor and remember the 343 firefighters, 70 police officers, 9 EMS providers, and 33 flight crew members who perished on September 11, 2001.

Each active-duty first responder will march in their full duty uniforms (full bunker gear for firefighters) from our 9/11 Memorial, located at 1000 Texan Trail to Peace Plaza at Grapevine Main Station at 815 South Main Street.

Each uniformed participant will represent a fallen first responder/flight crew member and will carry the name and photo (which will be supplied to you) of the fallen first responder they are representing. Spots will fill quickly, so please share this with the first responder in your life!

This is open to first responders from all cities. To register, simply scan the QR code located on the flyer below. Any additional inquiries may be directed to Jamey Shipler at

The City of Fort Worth will host the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS)

Screen Shot 2020-04-29 at 11.29.18 AMThe City of Fort Worth in conjunction with Battelle Memorial Institute, Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council (NCTTRAC) will begin accepting N95 filtration masks that have been used by First Responders or Health Care Professionals. Each mask will be inspected and complete a through decontamination process up to twenty times enhancing the life expectancy of this protective equipment important in the fight against Covid-19.

In order to allow current personal protective equipment (PPE) inventories to continue to stay above minimum numbers the FDA has approved Battelle to decontaminate N95 masks that are routinely considerable disposable. The site in Fort Worth will eventually be able to process up to 80,000 masks every 24 hours. The Battelle/Fort Worth site will serve as a regional hub and serve Texans from the Panhandle to the Piney Woods.

Health Care Organizations and First Responder Agencies will need to register with Battelle to receive information. “We are pleased to partner with a highly recognized organization such as Battelle to help coordinate this process of prolonging our PPE” said Ft. Worth Fire Chief James Davis. “It will allow Fort Worth to help our regional healthcare partners while continuing to provide care and maintain our inventory of N95 masks”.

For further information about Battelle and their process please visit their website at

Grapevine First Responders Announce Memorial Stair Climb


GRAPEVINE, TX – Police officers and firefighters in Grapevine are taking new steps to honor the men and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The inaugural Grapevine Memorial Climb will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Embassy Suites in Grapevine, located at 2401 Bass Pro Drive.

Organizers created the event as a way to honor fallen first responders, while also helping their families in times of need.

The Grapevine Memorial Climb will include music and live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, and activities for children.

  • Pre-registration for the Grapevine Memorial Climb is $65 and includes a t-shirt.\
  • Registration on the day of the climb will begin at 6:00 a.m. at a cost of $75.

Proceeds will benefit Remember the Fallen Heroes, Grapevine Firefighter Benevolent Fund, and GRACE Charities.

For more information, contact Juliet Bostick at: or 817.410.3208.

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Pearland Islamic Center to host Annual Spring Carnival honoring local heroes

570296e34d428.imageEvery year, the Pearland Islamic Center hosts a Spring Carnival with a different theme each year. Last year’s theme was the Inter-Faith Peace Garden. It was a successful event attended by Christian Church leaders, Hindu temple representatives, Inter-Faith Ministries of Houston, Jewish Rabbis and city dignitaries, including Pearland Mayor Tom Reid.

This year the theme is, “Honoring our local Heroes,” including Pearland Police Department and Pearland Fire Department. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is co-sponsoring the event.

“Our ‘Honor our Heroes’ event will bring various faith traditions and city officials together to demonstrate our appreciation and support for the brave police officers and fire fighters in our community,” said Abul Azad, Director of the Pearland Islamic Center. “Moreover, it will be a wonderful opportunity to draw the public’s attention to the danger our first responders face every day while wearing the uniform.”

Bazaars, food, games, rides, bounce houses, mountain climbing, train rides, a petting zoo, Henna tattoos, face painting and balloon artists are just some of the attractions.

The entry fee wristband is $15 for unlimited fun.

The Carnival will be held on Saturday April 9 at the Pearland Islamic Center, located at 1530 Garden Rd.

For more information, visit

Brazoria County Cavalry Celebrates 8 Years

BC Cavalry


The Brazoria County Cavalry is inviting the public to the Eight Year Anniversary ceremony that will be held on Saturday Feb. 27 at the Lake Jackson Civic Center, located at 333 Hwy 332 in Lake Jackson, starting at 2:00 p.m.

Guest speakers will be Texas State Representative Dennis Bonnen and Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta. The Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Wall will also be on display, presented by Rolling Thunder.

This is a free event. For more information, visit

Pearland son establishes business for first responders, celebrates 13 years


Rick Fernandez

Former Pearland Police Officer Rick Fernandez felt driven to give back to the community outside the capacity of law enforcement. He felt this calling even during the ten years he served on the force.

“I’ve lived in Pearland all of my life,” said Fernandez, who is a Pearland High School graduate. “I loved my roles at the police department, but I just felt called to do something else, yet still serve my brothers and sisters in law enforcement.”

Fernandez spent five years on patrol and then the last four of his years at the agency as the Public Information Officer (PIO), serving as the “spokesperson” for the Pearland Police Department.

“The PIO position taught me a lot about business. I worked on public speaking, eye contact, posture and the like. I asked for feedback from the news crews that covered our press conferences,” Fernandez said.

His interest in business, law enforcement and the support of the community allowed him to open Cop Stop, which celebrated 13 years of business in May.

Contrary to popular belief, Cop Stop doesn’t sell coffee and donuts.

CSRightCop Stop’s vision and goal is to provide the best service to first responders, “Our everyday heroes.” Catering mainly to Police, Fire, Military and EMS, but also open to the public, Cop Stop offers a variety of products, gear and apparel.

“Cop Stop started out as a vision. I put my thoughts on paper. I didn’t have the money to open a storefront at the time until one day, my grandfather told me, ‘Just do it!’ and loaned me the money I needed! I was standing there in the living room and my ideas went from a vision to reality in an instant! My mother retired early so she could help work the counter. This has been truly a family affair,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez says he’s still a cop at heart. “People ask me if I miss being in law enforcement. I do miss the brotherhood and the camaraderie, but honestly, I still see a lot of the same people. Plus, I get to meet new people in the Greater Houston area. We are blessed to have contracts from all over the state, as well as Louisiana,” he said.

Fernandez says the foundation of his business is relying on God and integrity. “Integrity is a very important word; it’s everything. It’s how we earn and keep customers,” he said.

Fernandez measures all potential employees by how he or she matches up to Fernandez’s vision and standard of integrity. “A company is only successful because of the people that work there. Employees that come in early and stay late are the backbone of good customer service,” he said.

Fernandez said that while he’s looking to open a second location soon, he never considered anywhere but Pearland for his flagship store. “Pearland is home. It’s my community. I wanted to stay local and give back to the people who have given me so much,” he said.

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Fernandez (third from left) presents Officer DaSilva the Above and Beyond Award, along with the 100 Club of Pearland

Cop Stop has teamed with the 100 Club of Pearland to sponsor the quarterly “Above and Beyond” Award given to a Pearland Peace Officer who assists the community during his or her off-duty time. Fernandez provides a gift card to go with the wooden plaque that is presented to each Officer of the Quarter.

“It’s a privilege to co-sponsor the Above and Beyond Award,” said Fernandez. “The 100 Club of Pearland is dear to me because of my background and what it stands for, which is peace of mind.”


100 Club of Pearland merchandise

Fernandez also stocks 100 Club of Pearland merchandise in Cop Stop.

Fernandez added Scrub Source to the Cop Stop family four years ago. “We offer specialty items for businesses, such as heat transfers, embroidery and alterations,” Fernandez explained. And, of course, they sell scrubs.

Fernandez said that Cop Stop/Scrub Source is now hiring for three salesperson positions and one seamstress. Interested parties can apply in the store, located at 831 Broadway St., Suite F.

As for the future, it looks bright for Fernandez. He hopes to open a gun range that will meet the specific needs of law enforcement officers, as well as a second location, in the next year or two.

To learn more about Cop Stop, visit

For more information about the Above and Beyond Award, visit


Fourth annual Thanksgiving Event provides dinner for 500 families across Houston


Officer Garza with the owners of the Houston Aces

The fourth annual Houston Aces, AutoNation Nissan, Pasadena Police Department and Latino Peace Officers Association Thanksgiving Dinner Event was held on Nov. 23, with delivery on Nov. 24. 

William Brumbaugh with The Houston Aces and David Tong with AutoNation Nissan have coordinated with sponsors throughout the Harris and Fort Bend Counties to provide food and services for 500 families this holiday season.

The Thanksgiving Dinner Event is a community effort with a purpose to provide food for kids and their families during Thanksgiving as well as health services and sports education and training. The Event took place at AutoNation Nissan, 25550 Kingsland Blvd. in Katy.

Officer David Garza, with the Pasadena Police Department and the Latino Peace Officer’s Association, and David Tong, with AutoNation Nissan Katy, founded the Event in 2012. It started with just 50 dinners. In 2013, The Houston Aces joined the cause and the event has exploded.

This year’s event also included services provided by Smile 4 Texas Dental Center. The services, including dental exams, x-rays and oral cancer screenings, were provided at no charge for kids and their families who attended.

In addition, The Houston Aces Women’s Soccer Team hosted a free Soccer Day Camp with their top players and coaching staff. The event was also the launch of the Christmas toy drive, which will be donated to kids at local hospitals during Christmas along with a visit from Santa.

Garza and volunteers delivered 100 dinners to residents of several housing projects run by The Bridge Over Troubled Waters on Tuesday (Nov. 24). Volunteers from all over the area, including students from Pasadena High School and children of adult volunteers, assembled the dinners on Monday evening (Nov. 23).

“To me, watching my kids and the children of others help was worth this whole thing,” said Garza. “The world can be so cold. Doing this brings us back to reality, which is people helping people.”

The Houston Aces, AutoNation Nissan, Pasadena Police Department, and Latino Peace Officers Association partnered with Capt. Mike Coleman of the Harris County Precinct 5 Constable’s Office, Smile 4 Texas Dental Center, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, Katy Police Department, 104 KRBE, Mega TV, Wal-Mart, Raising Cane’s, Sports Authority, OSM, Secure Mortgage, Dr. Pepper and High 5 Marketing to share and support this great cause.

To learn more about The Bridge Over Troubled Waters, visit


Pearland Firefighters Benefit for Baby Capri

PPFA Benefit