Public invited to say final goodbye to fallen HPD sergeant today

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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
Public invited to say final goodbye to fallen HPD sergeant today
Sgt. Harold Preston's family has invited the public to Wednesday's visitation at TSU. Here are the plans.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A visitation is being held today for Houston police Sgt. Harold Preston, who was killed while responding to a domestic violence call.

The visitation takes place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Texas Southern University located at Granville Sawyer Auditorium, 3100 Cleburne Street. Preston's family said the public is welcome to say a final goodbye to the fallen officer.

Ahead of Wednesday's presentation, the Houston Police Department Honor Guard honored their fallen comrade.

Preston will be laid to rest on Friday.

A viewing and service for the 41-year veteran of the department are scheduled on Oct. 29 at Grace Community Church, which is located on the Gulf Freeway between Dixie Farm Road and Beltway 8.

The viewing will take place at 8 a.m., with the service starting at 11 a.m.

The plans were confirmed to ABC13 by Preston's fiancée Flenda Whitney, who spoke exclusively to Eyewitness News about the longtime law enforcement officer's life.

A send-off fitting for someone who has served the city for 41 years: The video gives details to what is being planned for Sgt. Harold Preston, who died trying to help during a tense domestic violence call.

In addition, HPD Chief Art Acevedo will hold a city-wide procession on Saturday, Oct. 31, to give Houstonians a final goodbye to Preston. From Houston, the procession will move on to east Texas where he grew up for his burial.

SEE ALSO: Fiancee of fallen HPD sergeant speaks exclusively with ABC13

In an exclusive interview with ABC13, Flenda Whitney, the fiancee of HPD Sgt. Harold Preston, reflected on the 41-year police veteran's life a day after his death. Whitney spoke about what kind of person he's being remembered as, as well as the tragic details of his final moments.

Last Friday, Preston's body was escorted to Lockwood Funeral Home in north Houston. On the way, members of the Houston Fire Department, who remain in mourning over the death of arson investigator Lemuel "DJ" Bruce, staged themselves on overpasses to salute the procession.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has asked that the city of Houston lift up his family in prayer, including his 23-year-old daughter.

Houston police went on a somber ride to escort the body of a 41-year veteran. In the video, SkyEye followed Sgt. Harold Preston's procession.


In times of tragedy, the city of Houston always unites as one. After an HPD sergeant was killed in the line of duty and another was injured, both Chief Art Acevedo and Mayor Sylvester Turner offered words of encouragement to keep the city's spirit alive.

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