2009 National Police Week
May 10-16, 2009
Never Alone, Never Forgotten
National Police Week was observed in the Northeast Houston area at a Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon, held by the North Houston Greenspoint Chamber of Commerce, last Thursday, May 14 at the Sheraton North Houston JFK. The awards ceremonies were conducted by Greenspoint District’s Jerry Lowry, who gave awards in various public safety categories. The room was packed with appreciative officers and the public. Lowry’s comments included his own history as a police officer.
National Police Week was established by Congress in 1962, to honor officers that lost their lives in public service. Lowry noted that in the last 12 months, five officers in the area had lost their lives: HPD Gary Gryder, HPD Timothy Abernathy, DPS James Burns, DEA Thomas Byrne, and HCSO Tommy Keen. Lowry started the awards with special recognition to Katherine Cabaniss of Crime Stoppers, and Agent Ron Cutlip of the FBI.
Next, he presented Officers Mike Smith and Keith Warren of the Aldine ISD Police Department with a Special Recognition Award in an investigation that led to Capital Murder charges. HPD Officers Manuel Ramirez, Rogolio Ramirez, and Michael Tewold received Distinguished Service Awards for a large drug seizure and arrests. Sheriff’s deputies of the Airline Contract Deputy unit received Distinguished Service Awards for their part in foiling an armed robbery on Airline Drive.
Houston Airport Security Personnel received the Life Saving Award for saving the life of a woman with chest pain at IAH. These included James Gee, Miguel Cacho, Stephen Garcia, John Langlinais, Ron McAdams, Michael Longoria, and Jennifer Carnes.
The East Aldine Pro-Active Unit received Distinguished Unit Award for their overall effectiveness in reducing crime. This included Deputies Michael Santos, Bobby Caylor, Saul Suarez, Ronathan Persaud, and Sgt. Danny Garcia.
The Officer of the Year Award went to two teams instead, of the North Patrol Division, for their work on Operation Greensweep.
Public Safety Awards by NHGreenspoint Chamber include special recognition for East Aldine unit
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