This past week was a difficult one for the Houston Police Department, but the support from the community has been overwhelming. Our recruiters were still out meeting people who are interested in starting their career with HPD. But through it all, our fallen brother, Officer Richard K. Martin, was remembered.
The funeral for HPD Officer Richard
K. Martin is today, May 22, 2015. The details are as follows.
The funeral will be at Grace
Community Church, 14505 Gulf Freeway, and begin at 2 pm. The service is
anticipated to run about an hour. The rendering of honors will occur outside,
immediately following the service. During this time all or portions of
the inbound feeder road will be closed to traffic. Uniformed police officers
will be on hand to direct motorists.
There will be an HPD escort the
hearse from George H. Lewis funeral home (1010 Bering Drive). It will
depart at approximately 10:15 a.m. and be escorted by HPD motorcycle officers to
Grace Community Church. Because it is an escort, not a procession, it is
anticipated the impact to traffic should be minimal.
At the conclusion of the
ceremony, the hearse will be escorted back to George H. Lewis. Officer
Martin’s remains, under HPD escort, will depart the next morning (Saturday) for
burial in Oklahoma.
Tyler Martin chose to play baseball last night as a way to
honor his father, Officer Richard Martin who was killed in the line of duty on
Monday, May 18, 2015. Tyler requested that HPD officers fill the stands at his
game, and our officers answered.
After a moment of silence for Officer Martin, Tyler played
the game with men and women from HPD cheering him on.
For more pictures, please
go to the HPD Flickr page at THIS LINK
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the line of duty death of Officer Richard Martin. Officer Martin, a 4 year veteran, was assigned to the Westside Patrol and was a field training officer. A suspect led police on a vehicle pursuit and struck and killed Officer Martin. The suspect is in custody. Officer Martin leaves behind two children. Please keep Officer Martin's family and the men and women of HPD in your thoughts and prayers.
The Houston Astros invited HPD to catch a game during National Police Week. Officer J. Jones of the Recruiting Division was on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in starting a career with HPD!
Houston Mayor Annise Parker, Police Chief Charles A. McClelland, Jr., and
members of the Houston Police Department will attend a memorial service at the
Houston Police Officers' Memorial, 2400 Memorial Drive, to honor those officers
killed in the line of duty. The ceremony will begin with a procession down Memorial Drive and will
conclude with the placing of the wreath at the HPD Officers' Memorial.
Included in the ceremony is a "blue light" vigil for fallen officers,
a roll call of the 112 HPD officers who have lost their lives in the line of
duty, a 21-gun salute, TAPS by the HPD Bagpipers and a fly-over by HPD
The memorial service marks the beginning of National Police Week, which runs
Friday, May 8, through Friday, May 15. It is during Police Week we
remember and honor those men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice of
their lives so that we may live in safety and peace.