The Houston Police Department suffered a great loss in the early hours of Sunday, June 29, 2008. At approximately 5:15 a.m. Senior Police Officers Gary Gryder and Joe Pyland were working a traffic assignment on the Katy Freeway Service Road eastbound at Highway 6 when a driver entered the construction zone and struck both officers. Officer Pyland suffered a double fracture to his right leg and was transported to Hermann Hospital where he underwent surgery. Tragically, Officer Gryder’s injuries were fatal. Gary leaves to mourn his parents, wife Debbie, a Houston Police Officer who recently retired, a son Austin, a daughter Jennifer and numerous family members and friends. Funeral arrangements are pending. I visited Officer Joe Pyland this morning at Hermann Hospital and he seems to be doing fine physically. He is alert and responsive.
HPD is family. My HPD brother ended his watch yesterday after twenty three years of doing what he loved the most, being a police officer. I have had the pleasure of personally knowing Gary around the softball fields during police tournaments. He always had a smile on his face and a joke to tell. He was also one heck of a ball player. I will miss him as will all his HPD brothers and sisters.
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