Police Officer Death
In Memory of Officer Danny Joe Mills
Officer Danny Joe Mills began his career as a law enforcement officer in 1977. On March 6, 1978, Mills graduated from the LSU Law Enforcement Training Program. He had a long and industrious career in law enforcement. When he first began working as a police officer, he was at the Haynesville Police Department. To support his family, there were a few years in the beginning that Mills worked as an officer, fireman, wrecker driver, school bus driver, and an ambulance driver all at the same time.
In Memory of Senior Police Officer Ernest Leal, Jr.
A hero to his family, they are mourning the loss of their family patriarch. Officer Ernest Leal, Jr. leaves behind his wife, four children, mother, and three siblings. His many years of serving the community mean that his impact on other lives was numerous. These neighbors, friends, extended relatives, and coworkers will join the city of Houston to celebrate his life and support his family in their tough times ahead.
In Memory of Correctional Officer Glen F. Martinez
“The loss of officer Martinez is devastating and will be felt by many; his character and contributions as a corrections officer will be remembered by all who worked alongside him each day. We are grateful for his years of service, and he will be sorely missed.”
In Memory of Police Officer Charlie Cortez
Police Officer Charlie Cortez leaves behind his young family, including a son. For family, community, and coworkers, Officer Cortez was taken too soon. At age 29, he was excited about his life, family, and career. He looked forward to being a leader in his community. For the entire area, heroes like Cortez are hard to lose.
In Memory of Air Interdiction Agent Christopher Doyle Carney
Air Interdiction Agent Chris Carney gave his life to protect the citizens of the US while continuing to protect the borders and air space during a global pandemic. Before Carney served as an Air Interdiction Agent, he worked as a Customs and Border Patrol Agent for over two years. Carney had given his life in service, starting from a very young age. Carney was a US Army Veteran and had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his bravery.
In Memory of Lieutenant Marzell Jerome Brooks
Lt. Brooks had served his community with the Brookhaven Police Department for over 28 years. He also worked closely with the children in the school district as a resource officer for 20 years. He was known as “a giant among men.” He was also a role model, leader, and community asset.
In Memory of Agent Juan R. Ramirez-Padilla
Agent Ramírez-Padilla had spent his entire life and career in service to the island residents. He believed in giving back to his community and protecting others. Ramírez-Padilla was well-suited for his choice of a career in law enforcement. He then gave more than 27 years of his life to others. In the end, he continued to do his job, protect the island and the residents he loved, putting his own life on the line.
In Memory of Police Officer Travis C. Wallace
In every tragic shooting, there is an impact more significant than that of its victim. In this case, the community lost a valuable asset, sworn to protect them and treat them with respect. A family lost its leader and faced the repercussions that come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Police Officer Travis C. Wallace leaves behind a large family. He leaves his mother, two children, and several brothers and sisters. The family had concern as Wallace had sole-custody of his 10-year-old son.
In Memory of Sergeant Sean Rios
When someone loses their life to gun violence, it is often forgotten that the family members are also victims. They suffer the grief of a lost loved one and the anger against the person or situation that caused their loved one’s death. Sergeant Sean Rios had a large family that loved him. He was father to four children and is also survived by his mother, father, brother, and two close cousins, who also work as HPD Detectives.