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Police Officer Richard Lee Houston, II

Mesquite Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, December 3, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer Richard Lee Houston, II

"Somebody killed a policeman today,
And a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect
Will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will stand up in court,
With counsel demanding his rights,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids
And spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield, too,
Just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
To his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
A cop put his life on the line.
Now, his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
And he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call and gave us his all,
And a part of America died."

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E.C.Proft Chief Criminal Deputy (Retired)
Island County Sheriff's Office

December 4, 2021

In Honor And Respect, Sgt. Richard Houston... Looking At Your Photo With Your Big Heartwarming Smile, So Very Tragic Your Life Was Taken From You... My Sincere And Deepest Condolences To Your Family, The Mesquite Police Dept., And All Those That Had The Honor Of Knowing You... Sir, Thank You For Many Years Of Dedicated Service To Law Enforcement... May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Sgt. Richard Houston...

Gail Mercado

December 4, 2021

Sgt Houston, Brother you will be missed dearly and deeply, I did not know you, but from brother to brother in blue, I love you man I pray for peace and comfort in your families life, your community and your department, I pray Jesus Protects and Guards your Family, your Department, and your Community rest easy brother we got it from here

Patrol Officer Devante Wright
Gladewater Police Department

December 4, 2021

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

December 4, 2021

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute

S. I. Drake - Lt/IPD | IMPD (Ret)

December 4, 2021

Rest In Peace, Officer Houston. Thank you for your service.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time. May God stand in the gap of your absence and provide an extra measure of love and protection for your beloved children.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

December 4, 2021

Rest In Peace! Thank You For Your Service!

Police Officer at Port Authority of Alle
Port Authority of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

December 4, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Houston.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 4, 2021

Rest easy brother

Officer Darryl Welch
La Vega ISD Police Department

December 4, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Houston and to his Brothers and Sisters of the Mesquite Police Department, Texas. May GOD give peace, comfort, and understanding to his family, friends, and associates. for their loss. RIP Brother.

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre. MTPD (Retire
Red Rose Lodge FOP #16 Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania

December 4, 2021

Condolences to the family, friends and fellow Officers from Blue Knights NC II

Frank Spears Chaplain
Blue Knights NC II

December 4, 2021

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

December 4, 2021

Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice, no words can comfort your agency or your family. God please comfort all affected from this tragedy.

Sgt (Ret) Socrates J. Miles
Phenix City Police Department

December 4, 2021

RIP Brother.
My heart felt condolences to this brothers family, friends, agency and community.

Sgt. Gallegos
Adams County Sheriff’s Office, Adams County Colorado

December 4, 2021

R.I.P My Brother.

Sgt. Kevin J Nielsen (Ret.)
South River Borough

December 4, 2021

Rest In Peace, Sergeant Houston. Your service and sacrifice are appreciated!

Lieutenant (Ret) Michael Morelanf
Plano Police Department

December 4, 2021

RIP brother

Chief - Retired
Jimmy Womack

December 4, 2021

My condolences to the family and the Mesquite Police Department. Phillipians 4:27; “said and may the peace that surpasses all understanding guard your hearts in the name of Jesus Christ.”. From the State of Oklahoma who is a Mesquite Police Mommy . Love you for serving and protecting:

Sandra Reed

December 4, 2021

It will be a very sad Christmas for the family of Mesquite, RX Police Sergeant Richard Houston who lost his life as result of being shot and killed in the line of duty. Not only does the family mourn the loss of his death, so des the entire City of Mesquite, TX and the Mesquite, TX Police Department.. When a police officer does around this time time of year, it puts the family in mourning and with Christmas coming , it also ruins the celebration of it for the family and the community that officer serves in.

Bradford Paulson

December 4, 2021

To the Houston Family,
I am not going to attempt to write something to make yall feel a lil better or make some sense of why this happened to yalls Cowboy and to yall to. I won't cause there aint a such thing. Not any words, sayings, poems, flowers, balloons, or a Bible verse powerful enough to take away the pain and confusion that yall are feeling today tomorrow and next. If there was anyway possible I would've insist on taking the Sarge's shift that call and them bullets. If I ever find that Jeanie lamp to make any one wish on, I would forfeit all the money, property, and all the prestige in the world to make this all stop now. If the Sarge doesn't mind Andy Griffithand Mash reruns then I welcome him to sit with my Mama up there. It may be a lil crowded up there. Comfortably crowded. She is surrounded by police officers and soldiers. It's a motley cruel but it is beautiful and perfect. Cause they all sit on Jesus's porch every evening drinking sweet tea HIM. It's Jesus Happy Hour. I'm right in the middle of a promise to keep but I will do my damnest to ease yalls way early to middle this week coming. I'm close by. Neighbors really, Dallas. When I get off here I'm gonna reach up to Sarge and sing him a song. Oh ya, we lost a Sarge in 16. Sgt Micheal J Smith 6141DPD. He is well covered by great men. HERO'S! Zamarripa 10112DPD Thompson 420Dart Aherns 8193DPD and Krol 9217DPD and Jesus. All I can really say besides an invitation with my Mama is "I CARE!"

Colonel Wm Connor
Blue Heatt

December 4, 2021

Rest in Peace Sgt. Houston. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the Houston Family and the Mesquite Police Department.

Cpl. Gary Hughes (Retired)
Passaic County Sheriff's Office New Jersey

December 4, 2021

St. Michael, heaven's glorious Commissioner of Police,
who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's premises
of all its undesirables, look with kindly and professional
eyes on your earthly force.

Give us cool heads, stout hearts, hard punches, and uncanny flair for
investigation and wise judgment.

Make us the terror of burglars, the friends of children and
law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores,
strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.

In troubles and riots give us sheer muscle without temper; at the police count, give us love for truth and evidence without any thought of self.

You know, St. Michael, from your own experiences
with the devil that the policeman's lot on earth is not
always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so
pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the
devil, and your angelic self- control give us inspiration. Make us as loyal to the law of God as we are particular about the law of the land.

And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your
heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the
throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all the people.

Los Angeles Police Department

December 4, 2021

I woke up at 05:30 thinking this was just a dream. I placed my feet on the floor and got a cup of coffee. I pick up my phone and I saw a multitude of notifications. I walked outside to cool damp weather and looked at the flag in my front yard. That’s when it hit me.
You know that this happens to Chicago, New York, and as bad as is, this doesn’t happen in Mesquite Texas. And then it does. I sat down my coffee and immediately lowered my flag to half staff. I stepped back and saluted. I saluted not that he was gone, not that there was a void; I saluted as I would salute a changing of the guard. For I know that he will stand in the ranks of the Arch Angel St. Micheal, and be counted. Because ever cop knows, when he has close a call, Richard will do what he knows best, lead.
So for those Officers who say “What a close call, or “That was too close for comfort,” know this, God will send his best troops to protect us, Badge 821 Officer Houston, doing what he knows best.

Jeff Abbott

December 4, 2021

Sergeant Houston, I am so very sorry to hear of your murder at the hands of this coward. May God Bless you as He opens His arms to you and welcomes you into His Kingdom! May He Bless your family and watch over them along with you from heaven. I thank you for your many years of brave service to all of us. You are gone too soon, Sergeant. You look so happy in your photos. I am sure you will be missed by all. Rest in Peace, Brother!

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Gainesville, GA

December 4, 2021

Rest In Peace, Sgt. Houston. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

December 4, 2021

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