HOUSTON - Days after National Police Week, a time to honor law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty, the City of Houston says a final farewell to one of its own heroes. Hundreds came to salute Officer Richard Martin, who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep our city safe.
"He was struck down in the line of duty while courageously attempting to apprehend a criminal suspect this past Monday morning," said Chaplain Monty Montgomery.
Officer Martin was 47 years old. The four-year veteran leaves behind a wife and two children.
"I just love him so much, and I'm going to miss him," said Martin's daughter, Cynthia.
The Chaplain read a letter written by Richard's son, Tyler.
"I will be a good kid and adult. I will follow my dreams and play hard in the major league, then I will follow in your footsteps in being a police officer."
Officer Martin served four years active duty in the Air Force and eight years in the Reserves before he joined the Houston Police Department in 2010.
"Richard acted without hesitation, to make a tough decision by performing a selfless act of bravery," said fellow officer, Xavier Flores.
113 Houston police officers have died in the line of duty.
"This one's a little different, I know, for Chief McClelland and for me, because Richard was the first one who was one of ours," said Mayor Annise Parker, holding back tears, "Chuck, I know you pinned his badge on, and it makes a difference."
Officer Richard Martin will be laid to rest Sunday in Oklahoma.