Salute to Local Hero H.C. Sgt. John L. Byrd
I think it goes without saying that our local firefighters, EMS workers and officers of the law have dangerous, stressful and often, thankless jobs.
That is why I was so glad to hear that in the weeks leading up to the 16th annual Salute to Law Enforcement" event at Willowbrook Mall on Saturday, May 1, these fine men and women will be honored as local heroes.
The event is sponsored by Sprint, the Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce, Spring Independent School District and Willowbrook Mall.
The individuals have been nominated by the community and their colleagues. A committee that is organizing the Salute event recently announced the winners, which cover a cross-section of north and northwest Harris County:
Sergeant John L. Byrd, Harris County Sheriff's, office of Sheriff Adrian Garcia
Donna Douglas, member of the Tactical Team of Cypress Creek EMS
Officer David Fuente, Spring Independent School District Police Department
Officer Bryan McCandless, Humble Police Department
Officer Michael J. Tymniak, Lone Star College Police, Cy-Fair Campus
Each week, in this blog, I will include information about the hero of the week. They all deserve that and so much more recognition for what they do for us! (This information was provided by the committee):
John L. Byrd, Sergeant, Communications Division, Harris County Sheriff's Office
As a result of the efforts and actions taken by Sergeant Byrd during his distinguished career, the Communications Division of the Harris County Sheriff's Office has drastically improved and the division has become a valuable asset for Harris County and the entire state of Texas. The Mobile Command Post Unit of the Communications Division was recently recognized as a, state strategic resource like no other in the state," according to Chief Jack Colley of the Texas Division of Emergency Management Office.
The May 1 Salute will begin at 11:00 a.m. on May 1 in the west parking lot of Willowbrook Mall with an opening ceremony where the Local Heroes will be presented and honored. The event runs until 3 p.m. and includes representatives from 100 law enforcement agencies, emergency vehicles, helicopter, the Harris County Sheriff's Department mobile command center, drug-sniffing dogs, and patrolling robots lots more exhibits.
For more information, go to www.salutetolawenforcement.org
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