Saluting our fallen peace officers
by Gary Kent
May 20, 2009 | 2204 views | 1 1 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police Officers Memorial Day
Sgt. Al Puga, left, lowers the Stars and Stripes during a peace officer memorial service at City Hall Friday afternoon as Patrolman Luis De Los Santos, right, salutes.
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Police Chief Joe Treviño called out the names of eight law enforcement personnel who died while serving in Bee County and in Region IV of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as lawmen, their family members and supporters watched in silence Friday afternoon.

The crowd had gathered outside of City Hall minutes earlier for a Peace Officer Memorial Service hosted annually by the Beeville Police Department.

Church leaders, county and city elected officials, Texas Department of Public Safety personnel, Bee County deputies and BPD officers listened as Mayor Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez read a proclamation and mentioned that President Barack Obama had designated May 15 as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day.

The week in which the day fell also was designated as National Police Week.

Uniformed officers stood in rank as Sgt. Al Puga and Patrolman Luis De Los Santos lowered the United States flag to half mast.

Rev. Eric Tarver of the Bethlehem Baptist Church delivered the opening prayer just before Martinez read the proclamation declaring the week of May 10-16 as Police Week in the city.

“I call upon all Beevillians to observe this day, May 15, 2009, as Peace Officers’ Memorial Day in honor of those officers who, through their courageous deeds, have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their communities or have become disabled in the performance of duty,” Martinez said.

After observing a moment of silence in honor of fallen peace officers, Treviño read the names of Sharon Treviño, Gregory Stewart and Timothy Meserve, three BPD officers who died while serving with the department.

Treviño then called the names of Region IV TDCJ employees John Hyturria, Daniel Nagel, Ruben Ochoa and Rhonda Osborne and Texas Department of Public Safety employee Floyd Lawson, all of whom had died while serving the State of Texas in this area.

The service ended following a closing prayer delivered by Rev. Carl Pickett of the Full Gospel Church.
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May 21, 2009
Peace be with the families of our fallen heroes.

Thank you for your sacrifices.

God Bless those left behind to carry on memories of their loved ones.

Don & LeAnn Schmidt