Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Andrew Winzer

Houston Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Thursday, February 18, 1988

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Reflections for Officer Andrew Winzer

Coach Winzer, as I sit here at my desk reading the reflections it saddens me to know you will never have the impact on future youth as you had with me. I am entering my 22nd year as a peace officer, and I owe this great career to you, I always wanted to be like Coach Winzer and give something back to the community. You inspired me, you encouraged me, you gave me hope, as a 14 year old kid growing up in one of toughest communities' in Houston 3rd Ward, you were a light, a beacon, a breath of fresh air, a person who lived life and did not allow life to live him. Owe how I wish other young men in my situation could meet and be inspired by you. People like you are needed now more than ever, our city is over run with young men who have so little respect and self worth, that I alone can not save them all, but until my time is done I will put in the good work that you taught me, and until with meet again R.I.P. my friend my Coach my also my Uncle Buddy.

Sergeant. Zerick Guinn
Harris County Constable Precinct One

February 22, 2017

Papa I always loved and I will keep loving you

Andrew Winzer
Grandson

November 12, 2014

I think back to when I was growing up and remember how Uncle Buddy was the Glue that caught our family together. He shaped some many our our lives because he knew the importance of family. I always wished that he could have seen me and my sister following in his foot steps. I could just see the prideful smile he has on his face. Love you Uncle Buddy

Officer
Ruston Police Department

June 18, 2013

I did not know that this was online. Reading comments and thinking about him brings tears to my eyes. I miss him so much. I loved this man just like he was may dad. He was always cheerful and he would always get the family together to do family events. UNCLE BUDDY
I really do wish you were here because the family needs you now more than ever. I Love You. I ALWAYS WILL.

Officer Jennifer Winzer
Ruston Police Department

June 18, 2013

I truly missed my uncle I appreciate all the time that u spend with me and the love you gave me and all the advice that you shared with me. I want to thank my aunt and cousin for sharing you with me and the rest of the family, I wonder sometimes how would our lives would have been if you was still here with us, God had a better plan for you. Love you and missed you dearly. I think about all the memories!

Kisha
Niece

February 21, 2013

your my grandpa my dads name is corey demond winzer he named me after him corey demond winzer jr and my brother was named after you andrew demond winzer my grandma, your wife lavendra kay winzer told me about how you died and that you know have a football field and a park named after you at the inwoods dads club where i use to play football. i am 15 years old and i am now following your footsteps on the road to becoming a police officer. your in my prayers love corey.

Corey Winzer
Grandson

February 19, 2013

Heroes live forever, Officer Winzer, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 19, 2013

Heroes live forever, Officer Winzer, and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of Houston and the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 18, 2013

I knew Ofc. Winzer to be a man of outstanding chracter and virtue. I played football with him in 1976 at Prarie View A/M University, Prarie View, Texas. As an ofc., I know he made a difference in the Greater Houston Community. May his legacy and influence live on. At the time of his death I was serving as a police officer at the University of Texas,and was deeply saddened at the news of his passing. God bless his wife-Lavendra, and son Corey.

Derwin Dukes
Dallas ISD

October 19, 2012

I was just a young Explorer Scout when Officer Winzer was killed. A few weeks before he had taken some kids sailing from PAL with our Explorer Post. He really was trying to make a difference. Thank you for your service sir!

Deputy M. Bilbrey
Harris Co. Constable Pct. 5

February 18, 2012

Rest in peace, Officer Winzer. Greater Houston C.O.P.S. will never forget your sacrifice to our great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

February 18, 2012

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

You are remembered.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 18, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 18, 2010

I OFTEN REFLECT BACK ON THAT NIGHT OF FEBRUARY 18, 1988. EVEN AFTER 20 YEARS I CAN STILL REMEMBER OUR CONVERSATION, I MAY HAVE BEEN THE LAST ONE TO TALK TO ANDREW BEFORE THE ACCIDENT. WE WERE NOT ONLY FELLOW HPD OFFICER’S, BUT CLASSMATES (113) AS WELL. IT WAS DURING THAT TIME IN THE ACADEMY THAT WE FORMED A BOND THAT WOULD STAY WITH EACH AND EVERYONE OF US WHO STOOD UP AND WALKED THE WALK TO RECEIVE THAT HPD BADGE. YOU SEE - IT WAS ABOUT DOING THE RIGHT THING AND GOING OUT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE ALL FELT LIKE WE COULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND I FEEL OFFICER WINZER DID THAT AND MORE.
JUST BEING A PART OF IT HAS IMPACTED MY LIFE FOREVER.

THANK YOU OFFICER WINZER, MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

CLASSMATE, FELLOW OFFICER AND FRIEND

R.L. HALL

R.L. HALL
U.S. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT

April 30, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 13, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR DEDICATION AND YOUR SERVICE, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 11, 2008

I was a personal friend of Officer Andrew Winzer, we worked an extra job together every Sat and Sunday night. H was a God fearing Man, love his family, loved his job, was very dedicated and devoted to his job, was an excellent role model for all youth, we dearly miss him, Rest in peace my dear brother, see you in heaven

Retired Houston Police Officer
Houston Police Dept

October 21, 2007

Rest in peace, your service to the City was with honor. For that I thank-you.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy
Prince George's County Police Department

May 29, 2006

ONE MOMENT

In the whisper of the wind,
I felt God embrace me.
As the voice of a loved one,
I heard God speak to me
Looking in a mirror
I saw God smile at me.
One moment and I knew
That God and I were one.

BQ

February 26, 2005

~~~To those I Love and Those Who Love Me~~~

When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.

I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.

So grieve a while if indeed you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,

I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear

And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
"Welcome Home"

January 20, 2005

I was an citzen of Houston at the time this happen. It was such a sad time. Officer Winzer was spoken so highly of as an person. The city of Houston named a park after him. Such a shame for such an fine man to die because of an drunk driver. May god continue to bless officer Winzer's family.

Anonymous

February 18, 2004

Rest easy, brother. You are not forgotten. Never. Your tragedy ironically gave another angel to watch over us. Thank you. God bless.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

Rest easy Brother...you are not forgotten. May God keep you forever in your arms.


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