Funeral services for fallen officer killed in HPD helicopter crash

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston police officer was remembered for his love of family, cars, and HPD.

Knox died last weekend when the helicopter he was in crashed near Greens Bayou. He and HPD helicopter pilot Chase Cormier were searching the bayou for a drowning victim when their helicopter went down.

Funeral services for Knox included remarks from his colleagues, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, and Mayor Sylvester Turner.

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"Through his love for people, the people in this city loved him back," Turner said.

Houston's First Baptist Church hosted Knox's family, friends, and first responders who knew the veteran officer.

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"His love for this department extended to the past, to the present and to the future," Acevedo said.

  • Opening Remarks- HPD Chaplain Vincent Johnson
  • Radio Sign-Off (75 Fox)- Chief Art Acevedo/Dispatch
  • U.S. Flag Folded by HPD Honor Guard
  • Presentation of Texas Flag (pre-folded)- Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite
  • Presentation of City of Houston Flag (pre-folded)- Mayor Sylvester Turner
  • Presentation of Hat Cover/Helmet- Commander Patty Cantu
  • 21-Gun Salute
  • TAPS- HPD Honor Guard
  • Flyover/Missing Man- HPD Air & Marine Division
  • Riderless Horse- HPD Mounted Patrol
  • Advance the Colors- HPD Honor Guard
  • Amazing Grace- Bagpipe Band
  • Conclusion of Service, Retire the Colors- HPD Honor Guard
  • Dismissal of Formation- HPD Honor Guard

Knox is survived by his wife, Keira; their children, Cooper and Eliza; his parents, grandparents, and a number of other relatives and friends.

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Friends and colleagues of Officer Jason Knox speak at his funeral.

The family has asked that, instead of flowers, donations to would be appreciated.

"Assist The Officer is a different type of charity because it's run through the Houston Police Officers' Union, and that allows us to present 100 percent of the proceeds. Anything that's brought in will go directly to those officers and their families," Doug Griffith with the Houston Police Officers' Union said.

REMEMBERING JASON KNOX: Funeral services at Houston's First Baptist Church
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The 90-minute funeral service for Houston Police Officer Jason Knox on May 9, 2020.

Knox was an eight-year veteran of HPD. He was a tactical flight officer who joined the Air and Marine Division of HPD in January 2019. Prior to that, Knox served as a Harris County deputy constable.

In a bit of fortunate news for his recovery Friday, Cormier was transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann, the hospital's rehabilitation facility, according to HPOU President Joe Gamaldi.

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