Fifty Club of Galveston County
Annual Awards Luncheon
Gardens Hotel, Frances Ann Moody Ballroom
Presiding – President
“The Fifty Club welcomes you and thanks
you for joining us at our 47th Annual Awards Luncheon.”
Introduce: Bob Ford, Master
Ford to Introduce: Jimmie Kessler, Rabbi Emeritus Congregation B’nai Israel.
Ford to Introduce: Pledge
Ford: To our Peace
Officers…Whose dedicated careers protect us from ourselves and others, and to
whom we owe so much for our safety…OUR SINCERE THANKS.
Ford: Recognition of Dignitaries,
Elected Officials and Individuals running for public office. Thank you for being here to support your
local law enforcement.
Ford: Recognition of Directors. (Announce that the names are listed on the
back page of the program and ask that those attending please stand to be
FORD: SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: (INVITE Mr. Steve Parmley and his wife Suzy Hedding-Parmley, to the
podium for a special presentation) (They
will be carrying a big check to present to The Fifty Club) explain that the Parmley’s
hosted a Sea Isle Poker Run-2017 and all proceeds collected were donated to The
Fifty Club of Galveston County. Ask for
applause from the membership.)
Ford to Announce: The Chief of each
department is asked to come forward and join in the photograph when the award
is presented to their department’s nominee.
The order is printed on the front of your program and is the order the
departments were inducted as Honoring Members.
& Mario Lucchesi ) to hand out plaques and pose with nominee in photo).
Chief Vernon Hale, of THE GALVESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to
assist with the presentation to:
- Officer David Roark, Officer of the Year
David Roark represents the Galveston Police Department with the initiative to
perform his duty, as a law enforcement professional, leading by example,
seeking no recognition, delivering results and demonstrating respect for the
public he serves. His tenacious approach
to law enforcement was most apparent as he followed up on a motor vehicle
burglary which included a stolen firearm.
His investigation included identifying the suspect through a
surveillance camera video, finding an address, making contact with the mother,
gaining consent to search the young man’s room and identifying stolen
items: but, not the weapon. He then allowed the mother to make phone
contact with her son, a Ball High School student, who confessed his
involvement. Officer Roark went to the
high school, coordinated with GISD Police, and was able to recover a loaded
firearm with two additional loaded magazines from a vehicle in the school’s
parking lot. In the wake of the recent
Florida shootings, we all recognized a student with a loaded firearm on school
property is a dangerous situation. This
Officer’s relentless follow-up investigation to a burglary avoided what could
have become a deadly incident. For his
high level of service, sterling example, positive leadership and relentless
dedication to the ideals of police work, the Galveston Police Department is
proud to recognize Officer David Roark.
Roark has earned a Master Peace Officers License; he received a Chief’s award
commendation for service in Hurricane Ike, and his file contains numerous
letters of and recognition from citizens for his professional demeanor,
outstanding job performance, quick response and action for the public good.
Ford: Will Sheriff Henry Trochesset, of THE
GALVESTON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the
of the Year
It is with great pleasure that the Galveston
County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Deputy Rodrick Reeves for the 50 Club Award
for Peace Officer of the Year.
Deputy Reeves has been with the GCSO for over
12 years starting in the Corrections and Recruiting Divisions. He was assigned to his current position in
the School Liaison Division in 2017.
On January 30, 2018, while assigned to Texas
City Independent School District as a School Liaison Officer, Dep. Reeves was
working at Texas City High School when he observed Willowridge High School
Freshman Basketball Coach Sean Schut in distress in the commons area outside of
the gym. At first glance, Deputy Reeves
thought Coach Schut was feeling sick but quickly realized that he was choking
and struggling for air. He was unable to
speak and did the universal sign for choking prompting Dep. Reeves to
intervene. Dep. Reeves’ quick thinking
and training allowed him to perform the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the food
stuck in his airway. After the incident,
Coach Schut was visibly shaken but physically okay.
When speaking to Dep. Reeves about this day,
he will tell you that he is not a “hero” and that he was “just in the right
place at the right time”.
Deputy Reeves’ attention to duty and quick
actions surely saved the life of Coach Schut.
He represents what the GCSO and the citizens of this county have come to
expect from our training and professionalism.
Deputy Reeves resides in Texas City with his
wife, Melinda. He also serves as a
devoted Pastor for New Creation Family Worship Center in Texas City.
For his dedicated service and for saving the
life of Coach Schut, it is my honor to present the Peace Officer of the Year
Award to Deputy Roderick Reeves.
2 Sergeant David L.
Grace, Corrections Deputy of the Year
It is with great pleasure that the Galveston
County Sheriff’s Office recognizes Sergeant David L. Grace for the 50 Club
Award for Corrections Deputy of the Year.
Sergeant Grace has been with the GCSO over 22
years. He was promoted to his current
position in 2007.
During his tenure, he has obtained a Master
Peace Officer license and Mental Health Officer Proficiency certification.
Sgt. Grace’s current role is Supervisor over
the Inmate Skills program.
Although inmate skills may sound like a
contradiction in terms, Sgt. Grace’s resourcefulness to find inmates with work
abilities in specialized areas has many benefits not only to the Sheriff’s
Office, but to Galveston County overall.
The abilities learned during their incarceration are very often utilized
after their release in order to contribute to the community and assist them in
the job market.
The number of programs Sgt. Grace oversees is
just too numerous to mention, yet some of the more labor intensive programs
· Car Wash Program-Approximately 6,000 vehicles
per year including the municipal county, and the state police are able to make
use of this service.
· Vegetable Garden Program-Every year, the
inmates cultivate, plant, and raise a garden and donate the produce to local
· County Landscaping-Mowing, trimming, and
tree-pruning County owned properties.
· Training/Work Opportunities-Welding,
mechanical, painting, carpentry, and electrical.
To accomplish these work programs, Sgt. Grace
uses between 20-30 inmates daily and works approximately 300 details per month.
Sgt. David Grace resides in Galveston with
GCSO Deputy Karen Bates.
For his dedicated service in managing this
important program, it is my honor to present the Corrections Officer of the
Year Award to Sergeant David Grace.
Ford: Will Chief Ron Morales, of THE
DICKINSON POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the presentation
Johnny Smith, Officer of the Year
Officer Smith began his Law Enforcement
career in 2003 at the Tiki Island Police Department as a Patrol Officer. After serving with Tiki Island for three
years, Officer Smith left and began working for the Galveston County Constables
Office/PCT 7 where he gained his knowledge of civil experience. Officer Smith soon thereafter began his
tenure at the Dickinson Police Department in 2006 where he is currently a
respected leader amongst the ranks of the patrol division.
Officer Smith serves as a senior member of
Dickinson’s Police Honor Guard and is recognized as the divisions most
experienced Field Training Officer. In
the later part of the year, he was re-assigned to assist his current supervisor
in the development of less experienced officers on the D shift.
In 2017, Johnny has accomplished the
following while serving as a patrolman.
· Trained numerous officers in the FTO Program
throughout multiple phases.
· Functioned as the Officer in Charge on two
· Engaged in community policing efforts to
collaborate with citizens to solve crimes and to educate the youth.
· Been instrumental in the growth of junior
officers within the entire division.
· Worked diligently to enhance his professional
· Awarded an accommodation for his
professionalism, commitment to serve and dedication to go beyond the call of
Officer Smith is a valuable asset to the
department and has proven himself as a future leader. He continues to serve Dickinson proudly and
honorably holds a high standard of pride in his professional and personal
life. It is with great pleasure that
Officer Smith be recognized as the 2017 Officer of the Year.
Ford: Will Chief Robert J. Burby, with THE
TEXAS CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the
Officer Petrina R.
Gonzales, Officer of the Year
Police Chief Robert Burby and the Texas City
Police Department are proud to recognize Officer Petrina Gonzales as their
recipient of the Fifty Club Officer of the Year for her outstanding law
enforcement efforts during 2017.
Officer Gonzales is being recognized for her
superior work ethic, her skills and abilities to perform a variety of police
assignments, and her compassion for helping others in the community during her
assignment within the Patrol Division.
Officer Gonzales is a veteran officer with 12
years in law enforcement. She holds an
Advanced Peace Officer License with TCOLE and has completed over 200 hours of
specialized training in Field Identification Investigation. Her current duty assignment is within our
Support Division as an ID Officer. She
is also a member of our Honor Guard Detail and a certified background
investigator for our recruiting program.
Officer Gonzales is a loving mother of two
daughters, Deja and Alexandria, and grandmother to a beautiful granddaughter
Texas City Police Department is proud to
honor one of our finest officers and valued assets – Officer Petrina
Gonzales-50 Club Officer of the Year.
Ford: Will Chief John Hamm, with THE HITCHCOCK
POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the presentation to:
- Sgt. Dustin
Pruitt, Officer of the Year
Sgt. Dustin Pruitt has been a member of the
Hitchcock Police Department for 3 ½ years and he has also served with the City
of Dickinson Police Department for 3 ½ years.
Sgt. Pruitt serves a number of roles within the department
(administrative sergeant, community liaison, field training coordinator, fleet
manager and the supervisor of records and communications). Through his works he has helped lead our
department to earn the trust of the community with our implantation and
transition to the “community policing model”.
He and his wife Lauren have one son (Dillon),
who is definitely a “Chip off the Ol’ Block”.
Sgt. Pruitt comes from a law enforcement
family; his father, James Pruitt serves with the Dickinson Police Department
and his uncle, John Pruitt, retired from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
Sgt. Pruitt’s unique personal qualities of
“Rough and Ready – only when needed”, paired with the gentleness of a lamb and
a quiet confidence, has earned him the love and respect of his peers and our
community. He carries with him always “A
Smile” and the nickname “Pruitt Can Do It” for his problem solving ability and
willingness to take on any task no matter the size.
Sgt. Pruitt receives this honor today because
he truly embodies the moniker “Compassionate Public Servant”.
Ford: Will Chief Jeffrey Powell, with
THE SANTA FE POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the
Jared Enochs, Officer of the Year
Since Detective Jared Enochs transfer to CID
in 2017, he has been certified as an evidence custodian and has worked on
evidence destruction orders from case years 2009 to present. Along with this assignment Detective Enochs also
investigates major crimes and property crimes.
During the past year, Detective Enochs has carried a heavy case load for
both personal crimes and property crimes and has been able to maintain a good
clearance rate, while seizing and returning property and making both
misdemeanor and felony arrests involving his assigned cases.
Detective Enochs has also assumed the role as
the FTO Coordinator and has revised the departments FTO Policy and Training
Guidelines to meet the need of our new officers and the growth of the
department. Detective Enochs is an
experienced officer having worked as a patrol officer, a Galveston County Auto Crimes Task Force Agent and a Patrol
Sergeant. Det. Enochs has shown to be a
great asset to the Santa Fe Police Department, both through his service and his
willingness to bring forth ideas to make Santa Fe Police Department and the
community he serves a better place.
Det. Enochs holds an Advanced Peace Officer
License, and has over 1,300 hours of TCOLE training in his career.
Ford: Will Chief Brad Heiman with THE
JAMAICA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the
Kristin Ornelas, Officer of the Year
Officer Kristin Ornelas has been chosen as Jamaica
Beach Police Department Officer of the Year by Chief Brad Heiman.
Kristin came to the Department in September
of 2016 and has made a positive difference for our resort community since day
one. Kristin is a true leader who has
made more traffic stops, issued more citations, made more arrest, and received
more compliments than any other Officer in the Department.
Kristin has proven to be a very good
investigator as well. She has made
numerous felony arrest(s) after conducting successful field investigations. Kristin is driven and ambitious, continuously
seeking specialized training to improve in all areas of law enforcement.
Kristin is an outstanding police officer and
it is an honor to have her working for the Jamaica Beach Police Department.
Ford: Will Constable Derrick W. Rose, Constables
with GALVESTON COUNTY CONSTABLES Precinct #3, please come forward to assist
with the presentation to:
Christopher Smith Deputy
Constable Precinct #3, Constable of the Year
December 13, 2017 Deputy Christopher Smith of Galveston County Pct. 3 was
working the Crystal Beach area. Deputy Smith was working the school zone when
he had a truck pass him at a high rate of speed. Deputy Smith attempted to stop the truck,
which failed to pullover even with his lights and siren activated. Deputy Smith contacted the Galveston County
dispatcher to let them know he had a motor vehicle that was failing to stop and
the direction of travel. While the truck
was not stopping they were only traveling at speeds of 70 mph. Deputy Smith attempted to pull alongside of
the vehicle to try and get the attention of the driver. Deputy Smith immediately noticed that the
driver was an elderly female and the passenger was an elderly male clutching
his chest. Deputy Smith advised dispatch
what he had just witnessed and had dispatch contact Port Bolivar EMS and have
them state at the Ferry Landing. Deputy
Smith gave the elderly couple an emergency escort to the Ferry Landing. Upon arrival at the Ferry Landing Deputy
Smith made contact with the driver, who advised her husband was having a heart
attack and that he had already taken two nitro pills. Port Bolivar EMS arrived about 30 seconds
later and rushed the elderly male to UTMB.
Personnel informed this office due to the quick actions of Deputy Christopher
Smith this Christmas was saved for the family.
The elderly male had a history of heart problems including five stints
and extremely high blood pressure.
Deputy Smith was a life saver on this December 13, 2017.
Chief Kirk A. Jackson, with THE LA MARQUE POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward
to assist with the presentation to:
La Marque Police Department’s C Shift:
Sergeant Joshua Human, Officer Jose Santos, Officer Aaron
Skaggs, Officer Kenneth Hernandez, Officer Hailey Monckton, Officers of the
The events of August 26 and 27 of 2017
forever changed the landscape of Galveston County. Hurricane Harvey inundated our communities
with millions of gallons of rainfall.
Many families lost a great deal of their
personal belongings and many more lost all material belongings. Sadly, some members of the Galveston
Community lost their lives; family members lost their loved ones.
During those terrifying hours of late night
Saturday and throughout the early and late morning hours of Sunday, law
enforcement officers of Galveston County ran
towards the danger, as they always do, to protect the citizens of our
Like many other first responders on duty that
night, La Marque Police Department’s C Shift started their tour of duty
without any idea what the next twelve hours had in store for them. Throughout the night, C Shift
responded to numerous calls of rising water and citizens in need of
rescue. Being equipped with only basic
tools and equipment, the officers selflessly entered the flood waters to rescue
citizens and take them to safety. When
the rain slowed and the sun started to rise, the exhausted officers dried
themselves off, got a clean dry set of uniforms and went back to work
protecting the community.
Every single first responder in the County
worked tirelessly providing for public safety.
However, the La Marque Police Department’s C Shift. Sergeant Joshua
Human, Officer Jose Santos, Officer Aaron Skaggs, Officer Kenneth Hernandez and
Officer Hailey Monckton, is recognized as the La Marque Police Department’s
Officer of the Year for 2017.
Chief Kenneth Cook, with THE CLEAR LAKE SHORES POLICE DEPARTMENT please come
forward to assist with the presentation to:
Flores, Officer of the Year
Clear Lake Shores Police Department is proud to recognize Corporal Nathan
Flores, as their recipient of the Fifty Club Officer of the Year Award for
outstanding law enforcement efforts while serving during 2017.
Flores has served The Community of Clear Lake Shores since January 2016. He has been recognized for his exceptional
job performance, dedication and loyalty to the department and citizens of Clear
Flores is also recognized for his outstanding performance as a Field Training
Officer, wherein he has demonstrated a commitment to the profession with his
ambition, leadership, precise instruction and patience.
Flores is currently working on his Associates Degree in Business Management. In 2015 Officer Flores attended the Police
Academy at Wharton Jr. College where upon completion he graduated at the top of
Flores became engaged to Jessica Cuello of Alvin, Texas, on October 1, 2017 and
will be getting married on December 31, 2018.
Will Chief Adren Sustaita with TIKI
ISLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the presentation
ALL OFFICER OF TIKI
ISLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chief Jimmie Gillane, with BAYOU VISTA POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to
assist with the presentation to:
- Officer Patrick
South, Bayou Vista Police Department
The nominee for Officer of the Year from
Bayou Vista is Officer Patrick South.
Officer South demonstrated what it means to be an officer during the
trials of Hurricane Harvey. During that
time, South lost all his personal belongings, and, he was unable to get home to
his grandmother who also lived at his house in Houston. After day two, Officer South finally got word
that the water had risen to the roof of his house. All of the contents, pictures and keepsakes
had been demolished. Chief Jimmie
Gillane saw the pictures of his house and witnessed the sadness and worry for
his family that he could not reach because the water was still too high. The only possessions that were left was the
uniform he had on and his truck parked at the Bayou Vista Police Department. Every day for almost a week the Chief,
Officer South and another Officer worked around the clock, not once did Officer
South complain that he was tired.
Officer South had only been sworn full-time officer about a month before
Harvey ravaged the Houston area. Even
though Officer South was only here for a short while before the heartbreaking
tragedy, he displayed the qualities of a seasoned officer and showed his true
grit and determination to stick it out through it all.
Chief Chris Reed with THE KEMAH POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist
with the presentation to:
- Officer Ana
Tims, Officer of the Year
Officer Ana Tims, being a Police Officer is more than a job; it is her passion
and motivates her to excel in every area of her life. She serves with a perfect balance of “can do”
and “care”. She is tough mentally and
physically, and she also has the heart of a servant who truly cares about
people and her community. Ana is active
in every aspect of the Police Department, as well as in community and county
organizations. She has significantly
improved the business operations of the Kemah Police Officers Association which
has increased community outreach programs to the Kemah community and has
improved relations between residents and police department. Ana participates in public safety message
videos and teaches during the Citizens Police Academy. Officer Tims’ teamwork is exemplary. She creates a positive atmosphere and sets
high standard with her work ethic, tireless energy, and unselfishness.
Tims’ brings tremendous depth of knowledge to her Police role, including past
experience as a Deputy Marshal for Code Enforcement, a Fire Fighter, and a
Tims is equally committed to and passionate about her family, husband Ralph
Tims and children Xiomara (21), and twins, Ana Grace and Kathleen (8).
Tims has a Bachelor’s Degree and her Intermediate Police Officer
Certification. Ana has been rated as an
ACTFL Oral Proficient interviewer.
Chief Robert Weiner of THE FRIENDSWOOD POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to
assist with the presentation to:
- Deputy Chief
Luke Loeser, Officer of the Year
is my pleasure to nominate Deputy Chief Luke Loeser as the Friendswood nominee
for the 50 Club of Galveston County Officer of the Year for his 39 years of
service to the residents of Friendswood.
Deputy Chief Loeser is deserving of this lifetime achievement award for
the long-term leadership role he has held with the Friendswood Police
Department. It is presented to honor the
service and sacrifices he has made to the law enforcement profession.
Chief Loeser will retire from the Friendswood Police Department in October
2018. He began his career with the Alvin
Community College Police Department in 1978; but soon thereafter, joined the
ranks of the Friendswood Police Department as a patrol officer in 1979 when the
department had 17 sworn police officers.
Since that time, the Department has grown to a force of 64 police
Chief Loeser brings 39 years of knowledge, experience and service in advancing
the law enforcement profession. He has
been at the forefront of developing innovative policing strategies and leading
organizational change for the past 20-plus years. He has served in many roles in every division
of the department, including interim police chief, and is the longest tenured
policeman in the Department. He has
served as a role model through actions and appearance.
Chief Loeser has had a colorful career, marked by stories of police chases,
unusual arrests and interesting calls for service. Deputy Chief Loeser is married to his wife,
Carol. They have three children –
Joshua, Josiah and Sarah – who have blessed them with three grandchildren.
Chief Gary Ratliff, with THE LEAGUE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward
to assist with the presentation to:
- Detective Shayne Yount, Officer of the
The League City Police Department’s 50 Club
Officer of the Year is Detective Shayne Yount.
He has been with the League City Police Department as an officer since
2007, and he is currently assigned as a detective in the Community Impact Unit
(CIU) of the Criminal Investigations Division.
Among other investigative duties, Det. Yount has taken the lead in
“jugging” incidents, which are criminals who sit in vehicles in or near banking
parking lots looking for possible victims leaving a bank carrying bank bags,
briefcases or satchels and then robbing them at their first stop after leaving
the bank. He spends many hours,
surveillance of local banks, and during this time, Det. Yount has on-viewed
numerous narcotics transactions and thefts in-progress from surrounding
businesses. In the past year, his due
diligence and dedication has resulted in the following arrests: (1) robbery, (3) felony thefts, (1)
possession of child pornography, (9) felony narcotics arrest, (5) misdemeanor
narcotics arrest, (2) indecent exposure arrests, (1) possession of a criminal
instrument, and several arrests on outstanding warrants. He has also assisted Patrol Officers in
numerous other arrest.
Det. Yount researches crime patterns and
trends and uses that data analysis to focus the resources of the Unit. Recently, he discovered a trend of criminal
activity in a local business parking lot, and he and other members of the CIU
deployed to the area. Det. Yount and his
team witnessed several attempted car burglaries and successfully apprehended
the suspect, charging him with several misdemeanor offenses.
On another occasion, Det. Yount was made
aware of a group of males that were targeting cellular phone stores in a mob
rush style theft where several people rush into a store at once and steal
merchandise, mainly cellular devices and other electronics. Det. Yount observed a vehicle with several males
driving aimlessly through the parking lot and park behind the T-Mobile store in
the area. Det. Yount took up a position
that afforded him a view of the front door and interior of the business, and
after a few moments, the occupants of the vehicle rushed the store and stole
several items. Det. Yount had already
alerted patrol officers to close in on the area and upon the suspects exiting
the store a foot pursuit ensued and Det. Yount captured one suspect several
hundred yards away while patrol officers captured on of the other
suspects. Det. Young was able to
identify the other suspect that fled the scene and was able to obtain warrants
for their arrest.
Det. Yount has a great working relationship
with other law enforcement agencies and has disseminated suspected “jugger”
descriptions and bank security video footage which have led to numerous
“jugging” arrests in the Houston and Galveston areas. Although Det. Yount has been described as the
“guru” of “Juggers”, he has a special skill locating criminals already wanted
by law enforcement. He located and
captured a wanted capital murder suspect, who was on the Texas DPS “Top 10 Most
Wanted Fugitive List”. From this arrest,
information was gathered that led the Houston Police Department to a
high-ranking MS-13 gang leader, who was currently living in League City. This gang leader was on the “El Salvadorian
Top 100 Most Wanted List” and was arrested and is awaiting deportation.
Det. Yount has an Associate’s Degree in
Criminology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and he holds an Advanced
Peace Officer certificate from TCOLE. He
was the League City Police Department’s Officer of the Year for the 50 Club in
2010 and has received numerous commendations and letters of appreciation. Det. Yount exemplifies excellence which
begins when we know that being good or even competent won’t carry the day, when
doing more or trying harder won’t bridge the gap, when excellence is simply the
only alternative. Excellence is a matter
of who we are and the stand we take—a stand that allows for performance that
surpasses what was previously possible, performance that defies old limits and
maps new territory.
Ford: Will Interim Chief
Nicholas Rac, with THE PORT OF GALVESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward
to assist with the presentation to:
- Officer Clay
Garrison, Officer of the Year
Officer Garrison started his Law Enforcement
career in 1995 with the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office. He worked there until 1999 when he joined the
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.
Officer Garrison had a brief break in service then returned to the
Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, where he worked until 2015. At that time, he joined the Port of Galveston
Since Garrison has joined the Port of
Galveston Police Department, he quickly moved up to the rank of Corporal, where
he is respected by his peers for his professional standards and work
ethic. Garrison is self-initiated and
continuously pursues educational opportunities for the advancement of not only
the police department, but to better prepare himself for future career
He continues to present the administration
with new fresh ideas such as writing a proposal for a Port PD Drone Unit and
even pursued training to do so. Garrison
demonstrates strong firearms proficiency and is currently the lead Firearms
Instructor for the Department. In
addition to this, he is a Police Instructor, ALERRT and CRAZE Instructor and
has trained with the SWAT team. Garrison
volunteers to work overtime when the shift lacks adequate manpower, and is a
mentor to his coworkers.
He has recently volunteered to assist Port
customers and area churches with active shooter training. Officer Garrison continues to represent the
Port of Galveston Police Department in a professional and caring manner.
He currently lives in La Porte with his wife,
Kelly and their nine years old son, Tony.
He loves to barbeque and shoot his many firearms.
Lieutenant Raymond M. Cooper, with THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH AT
GALVESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT please come forward to assist with the presentation
Darrell Armstead, Officer of the Year
On 2/3/2018 at 3:08 AM, UTMB PD Officer
Darrell Armstead observed a multiple vehicle crash with injuries on I-45 in
Texas City, Texas with the Sheriff’s Office and TX DPS already on the
scene. Officer Armstead noted that one
of the vehicles involved in the crash was significant distance from the scene
of the impact and this vehicle was disabled, in the roadway, and occupied by
two injured passengers who required EMS.
Officer Armstead positioned his Police patrol vehicle (with emergency
lights on) behind the disabled citizen vehicle in such a way as to protect it
and the injured occupants and to arm oncoming traffic from the rear. Moments later a sports utility vehicle,
traveling at a high speed with no lights on, came up from behind Officer
Armstead’s patrol vehicle and struck the patrol vehicle with a violent impact –
Officer Armstead was required to jump out of the way of the ongoing vehicle and
vault over the guardrail in order to avoid harm. The drive of the striking vehicle, a 57 year
old female, was treated and arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. The collision was investigated by TX DPS –
DPS Trooper stated; “Had Officer Armstead not positioned his Police patrol
vehicle as he did, the outcome would likely have included fatalities in the
already disabled vehicle”.
(paraphrased-DPS Trooper indicated that Darrell Armstead’s action
prevented the citizens from being severely injured or killed).
Trooper Gonzalez also stated “Officer
Armstead showed that he handled stress very well…it is every officer’s worst
nightmare. Despite what he went through
he still made sure the drive that hit him was okay. Officer Armstead had a positive attitude and
handled himself well during all the chaos.
It was definitely a bad deal, but I’m glad he’s okay.”
Kessler – Rabbi Emeritus Congregation B’nai Israel.
FORTY-SEVENTH (2017) AWARD LUNCHEON RECIPIENTS
Event May 7, 2018 at Moody Gardens Hotel
The Galveston Police Department
David Roark, Officer of the Year
The Galveston County Sheriff’s Department
Reeves, Peace Officer of the Year
David L. Grace, Corrections Deputy of
The Dickinson Police Department
Johnny Smith, Officer of the Year
The Texas City Police Department
Petrina R. Gonzales, Officer of the Year
The Hitchcock Police Department
Dustin Pruitt, Officer of the Year
The Santa Fe Police Department
Jared Enochs, Officer of the Year
The Jamaica Beach Police Department
Kristin Ornelas, Officer of the Year
of Galveston County
Christopher Smith Deputy Constable Precinct
#3, Constable of the Year
The La Marque Police Department
Marque Police Department C Shift:
Sergeant Joshua Human, Officer Jose Santos, Officer
Aaron Skaggs, Officer Kenneth Hernandez and Officer Hailey Monckton, Officers
of the Year.
The Clear Lake Shores Police Department
Nathan Flores, Officer of the Year
The Tiki Island Police Department
Officers of Tiki Island Police Department
The Bayou Vista Police Department
Patrick South, Officer of the Year
The Kemah Police Department
Ana Tims, Officer of the Year
The Friendswood Police Department
Deputy Chief Luke Loeser, Officer of the
The League City Police Department
Shayne Yount, Officer of the Year
The Port of Galveston Police Department
Clay Garrison, Officer of the Year
The University of Texas Medical Branch Police
Armstead, Officer of the Year