The Lake Houston Chamber of Commerce saluted Lake Houston’s peace officers and firefighters at the chamber’s Sept. 24 luncheon at the Humble Civic Center.

- Lake Houston Lake Houston Chamber honors nine public servants -

“Keep our peace officers and firefighters safe, oh Lord,” intoned Pastor Cary Baker of The Point Christian Outreach Ministries as he opened the program. Nine firefighters and peace officers and three departments each came to the civic center stage as Chamber Chair-elect Terry Vaughn read a short biography.

Each of the honorees also received proclamations from U.S. Congressman Dan Crenshaw, State Sen. Brandon Creighton, State Rep. Dan Huberty and Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle.

Those honored were:

- Ignacio Rodriguez, in-charge paramedic and field training officer with Atascocita Fire and EMS, who assisted in the “ … development and writing of Atascocita’s new clinical protocols, teaching paramedic students the roles of an emergency medical technician, and preparing them for state testing. Rodriguez also played a lead role in developing a tactical response plan for active shooter incidents.”

- Michael Murphy, firefighter and paramedic for the City of Humble Fire Department, who “…is one of the department’s top paramedics and currently on track to move up with the city’s fire department.”

- Jonathan Morales, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 sergeant, who “… is a member of the department’s Honor Guard, a crime scene photographer and a professional boxer with an undefeated record. In the last year, he responded to 1,300 service calls, took 220 reports, made more than 900 traffic calls, and filed multiple criminal charges.”

- Michael Hines, Harris County Sheriff’s deputy, was “… nominated for a lifesaving event this year when, on the way home from another job, he observed a vehicle in front of him blow a tire, causing the driver to lose control and flip off the roadway. Deputy Hines observed a fire in the undercarriage with a female trapped inside. He used his baton to break a window, pull the female out of the vehicle to safety, then stay with her until Houston Fire arrived.”

- Freda Moore, Humble ISD Police senior officer, who trains new officers, developed a report writing format used throughout the department, and recently completed an intense 11-week course to obtain dual certification as a police officer and certified emergency medical technician.

- Courtney Howard, Humble Police officer, who attempted to subdue a robbery suspect who jumped out of a moving vehicle and pulled a gun from his waistband, firing and hitting another Humble Police officer twice in the chest. “Without hesitation, Officer Howard returned fire, striking, injuring and subduing the suspect. There was heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic; if the suspect had not been quickly subdued, lives of officers and civilians would have been at risk. Officer Howard’s quick and selfless response neutralized the risk of further injury or loss of life.”

- David T. Saganek, Lone Star College Kingwood Police officer, who observed cars swerving to avoid a man walking down the center of the southbound service road on Highway 59. Seeing the man needed medical attention, “…Officer Sagenek took the man to a local hospital for evaluation and mental health care. Assisting this citizen exemplifies Officer Sagenek’s commitment to the responsibility that officers place on themselves.”

- Randy “Skeeter” Crowder, Montgomery County Constable deputy. “While patrolling Montgomery County, Deputy Crowder looks for homeless individuals to gift with bags of essentials put together by his niece and nephew who recently formed a charity and ministry, ‘A Hand Up.’ He also finds shelter, food and jobs for the homeless.”

- Jacob Rutherford, Splendora Police corporal as well as evidence technician, fleet manager, firearms instructor, field training officer and sex offender compliance verification officer. While educating, training and guiding officers and assisting neighboring agencies, he filed more than 48 felony and misdemeanor charges, leading the department in felony, misdemeanor and DWI arrests.

Vaughn commended the City of Houston’s five fire stations serving Kingwood and Lake Houston for protecting the Kingwood-area community. He also praised the Houston Police Department’s Kingwood Division and Lake Patrol Division.

“We would be remiss if we did not recognize the officers serving the Kingwood community as well as the portion of the Huffman community including The Commons, the Summerwood community on the west bank of Lake Houston, Lakeshore, Waters Edge and Stillwater subdivisions,” said Vaughn.

He also recognized the Houston Police Marine Unit-Lake Patrol.

“The Lake Patrol’s station flooded last week. They have damaged equipment from performing a rescue in Kingwood last week,” Vaughn said. “It’s a small unit which works extremely hard in our area and, for that, we are very grateful.”

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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