HPD officer injured in 2018 golf cart accident dies

Monday, October 5, 2020
HPD officer injured in 2018 golf cart accident dies
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Every corner of Houston's law enforcement community is offering their warm remembrances of a beloved police officer.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A Houston police officer who fought to recover from a 2018 golf cart accident has died, the Houston Police Officers' Union announced.

Jerry Flores, a 25 year HPD veteran, died Thursday morning.

"RIP brother you are a legend and will be missed by all," HPOU president Joe Gamaldi tweeted Thursday morning.

Flores was hurt in April 2018 while attending a golf tournament benefitting the Thin Blue Line Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

As he was riding with another officer, he lost his balance and fell, according to a 2018 report. Sources said he hit his head and suffered a skull fracture.

After the accident, Flores made progress in his recovery and could open his eyes and respond to his name.

A Houston police officer for more than two decades, Flores also worked as an off-duty officer for the Houston Astros and even received a World Series ring for his work with the team. The Astros held a benefit later that year to help offset some of the medical costs.

Another benefit in Jerry's honor was held as recently as February by the Houston Police Officer's Union.

Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo paid tribute to Flores shortly after his death was announced.

"Today we lost Senior Police Officer Jerry Flores, a kind, generous man who never met a stranger & did so much for so many," Acevedo tweeted.

Funeral arrangements will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Tuesday, Oct. 6. Visitation hours are set to begin at 5 p.m.

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