Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
"No one provokes (attacks) me with impunity".
Dedicated to those who have fallen in service of their country, community, and fellow citizens.
02:35 PM CDT on Friday, August 21, 2009
Houston Police Officer Timothy Abernethy died in the line of duty on December 7, 2008, after being shot by a suspect that he was chasing in Northwest Houston. Officer Abernethy, an 11-year HPD veteran, is survived by his wife Stephanie, a 21 year old daughter, Olivia, and a 20 year old son, Timothy, Jr.
Corporal Harry Thielepape
Corporal Harry Thielepape succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained almost one month earlier while arresting a suspect for possessing drugs and illegally possessing a handgun.
SSGT. Keith "Matt" Maupin
On April 9, 2004, Maupin's fuel convoy came under attack near the Baghdad International Airport. In what was described as a 5-mile long ambush, the 26-vehicle serial was pummeled by gunfire, mortar rounds and RPGs, disabling many of the civilian fuel tankers and Army vehicles. After the remnants of the convoy reached safe ground it was learned that around ten soldiers and civilian KBR contractors were wounded while one soldier and a civilian driver had been killed in the battle. PFC Maupin was among the nine people unaccounted for – seven civilians and two soldiers. One of the missing civilian drivers, Thomas Hamill, had been taken hostage during the ambush and escaped his captors on May 2, 2004. The bodies of five other civilians and the second soldier were subsequently recovered (all are thought to have been killed in the ambush); Civilian driver Timothy Bell remains missing and is presumed dead since he never appeared in a hostage video.
A videotape broadcast by Al-Jazeera on April 16 showed Maupin being held hostage by Iraqi insurgents, and the Pentagon later changed his status to captured. Maupin was promoted in absentia on May 1, 2004, from private first class to specialist. On June 28, 2004, Al-Jazeera reported that it had received a statement and a videotape from militants who claimed to have killed Maupin. U.S. officials, however, were unable to identify the man as Maupin and he remains listed as captured. He was promoted to sergeant in April 2005.
Houston Police Officer Rodney Johnson
Killed in the line of duty September 21, 2006
Rodney Johnson graduated from high school in Oakland, Calif., then enlisted in the Army, serving as an MP until he was honorably discharged in 1990. He served as a corrections officer for the Texas Department of Corrections (now the Texas Department of Criminal Justice) and as a Houston police jailer before attending the police academy and graduating in 1994.
Johnson was assigned to the southeast division that year and to the southeast gang task force in 1996. While on the task force he received two Lifesaving Awards from the department and one Medal of Valor from the state. He was married to Houston police officer Joslyn Johnson. They have three daughters and two sons.
Donations for Officer Johnson's family can be made through the Houston 100 Club.
PASADENA, Texas—A Pasadena police officer was fatally shot in the line of duty at a trailer park Friday morning.
Pasadena officer killed
Officer Jesse Hamilton was responding to a disturbance call near the intersection of Shaver and Queens around 6:30 a.m. when the shooting occurred.
Investigators said Hamilton was talking to the suspect’s mother on the front porch of the trailer when the suspect’s wife, who was inside the home, shouted, “He’s got a gun!”
Within seconds, the suspect came out and shot Hamilton in the head, according to investigators.
The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Sergio Robles Jr., was also shot in the head.
Police said it’s unclear if Hamilton or his backup pulled the trigger.
The mortally wounded officer was airlifted to Memorial Hermann, where he died just after 7 a.m.
Police said Hamilton was 29 years old and had a wife and two young kids.
He’d been an officer with the Pasadena Police Department for four years, and before that he was a dispatcher.