The memorial garden is to honor and remember Officer James Charles Boswell and Officer Guy Patrick Gaddis. Both of the men were only in their 20s when they died in the line of duty in Houston.
Officer Boswell, at the age of 29, in 1989 was shot by a man who claimed to be a DEA informant. Officer Gaddis was 24 years old in 1994 when he was shot in his own patrol car while transporting two handcuffed prisoners.
HPD Captain Wyatt Martin says this memorial garden has new life, thanks to the community. He added that many of the men who are still on the force today remember these two fallen officers. Some of them actually attended the police academy together some 20 years ago.
"Just having them here, I think lets the officers know that what they are doing means something to someone, not only to their co-workers, but with what the community did for us here at the station, it lets them know people actually care," Captain Martin said.
The memorial garden, along with the rest of the grounds at the southwest division police substation, were cleaned up, thanks to a keep Houston beautiful community donation. Part of the effort was to clean up the gardens, and refurbish the plaques and two memorial crosses.