Houston police suffers fifth line of duty death this yr

Houston Senior Police Officer Ernest Leal Jr., 60, died Friday after scuffling with the coronavirus considering October.

Officer Leal is HPD’s fifth line-of-responsibility loss of life during the past 12 months and the department’s first from COVID-19.

Officer Leal had been with Houston PD due to the fact 1984 and had been on the North Patrol Division due to the fact 1989.

“we have in reality lost a person who defines what it means to be a public servant,” Chief artwork Acevedo referred to in a statement.

Officer Leal leaves behind his spouse, Dee, and youngsters Victor, Veronica, Virginia and Vannessa. he is additionally survived by his mom, Rosa, two brothers, David and Marcus, and sister, Brenda. Officer Leal became preceded in loss of life through his father, Ernest.

KHOU11 stories that Houston enviornment legislation enforcement has lost four officers to COVID-19 this year, including three Harris County Deputies and a Harris County Precinct 5 Constable.

Mayor Sylvester Turner released here observation on Officer Leal’s dying, as smartly because the loss of life of Joel Cirilo, a public works employee who died Wednesday after fighting COVID-19.

“Mayor Sylvester Turner tonight sends his condolences to the households of two city of Houston personnel who died this week on account of COVID-19.

“Houston Public Works (HPW) worker Joel Cirilo handed away on Wednesday, Nov. 25, after bravely fighting COVID-19 within the health facility for the past week. Cirilo all started his profession in the Code Enforcement Division on may 12, 2014. His spouse is additionally an HPW worker. In an announcement tonight, Veronica Cirilo said, ‘Joel can be neglected so a good deal. He adored his job and our co-people. He fought so courageously, but this virus has no mercy. Praying that 2021 brings no greater heartache as a result of COVID-19. i am thankful for therefore many advantages Joel and i shared through the years.’

“Friday night, the Houston Police department (HPD) introduced Senior Officer Ernest Leal Jr.’s line of duty demise as a result of COVID-19. Officer Leal joined HPD in 1984 and served with honor and compassion.

“As a city, we at the same time mourn and feel the grief and heartache of losing two employees within the identical week on account of COVID-19. I ask all Houstonians to hope for the families of Officer Ernest Leal and Joel Cirilo. of their own manner, they contributed to our metropolis and made life more suitable for every person. i’m grateful for their dedication and service to the city of Houston,” referred to Mayor Turner. “COVID-19 does not discriminate. it’s an insidious virus that has claimed a ways too many lives in Houston and around the nation. each and every of us should do our part to cease the virus from spreading and destroying households.

considering the fact that the beginning of the pandemic, COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 9 city of Houston personnel.