The diversity of Houston is never more evident than when we consider the men and women who serve as our first responders and as our law enforcement officers. On October 1 of this year, Houston lost a veteran cop, Jerry Flores, who had been suffering from a severe head injury from what had been described as a freak accident. He fought long and hard to recover from his injuries from the accident.
On October 7, family, friends and co-workers gathered at St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic Church to celebrate the exemplary life he lived. They described him as always kind and generous, and it was said he never met a stranger. He genuinely cared about the people he served. At times he was called “JFLO” and was referred to as the Mayor of Midtown. When he entered a room, he lit it up with his personality.
In his 28 years of service with the Houston Police Department, he served in the patrol and the Gang Task Force. During the 2017 World Series, he also worked with the Astros and their families.
The tremendous respect everyone felt for this veteran cop and good man was evident in the people who came to celebrate his life. The Catholic service was presided over by Bishop Brendan Cahill. The Eulogy was given by Senator Carol Alvarado. Art Acevedo, Chief of Police and the Consul General of Barbados, Dr. Louis Browne of Sugarland, were in attendance as were several hundred other friends, neighbors,fellow police officers, and representatives of the Astros.
By: Heidi PP, Editor in Chief, iF Magazine