Mayor Turner, Chief Acevedo dedicate helicopter to fallen HPD officer Jason Knox
HOUSTON – Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo held a ceremony Wednesday to dedicate the department’s newest helicopter to fallen officer Jason Knox. Knox was killed when an HPD helicopter(75 Fox) crashed in an apartment complex in north Houston on May 2, 2020. Special section: Jason KnoxKnox was with Senior Police Officer Chase Cormier, who also suffered catastrophic injuries in the crash. The H125 Airbus incorporates Officer Knox’s badge number of 2374 into its registration number, which is N2374F. The H125 Airbus, purchased from Davenport Aviation, Inc., was funded through a $7.5 million Texas Department of Public Safety grant.
LIST: These are prominent people with Houston and Texas ties we lost in 2020
So as we say good-bye to 2020, here’s a look at some of the prominent Houstonians and Texans we lost this year and a little about each one of them and their impact. Vickey Gibbs, an activist and associate pastor at Resurrection Metropolitan Community Church in Houston died in July at the age of 57. Jason Knox:Police escort body of Jason Knox, Houston officer who was killed in helicopter crashJason Knox is the Houston Police Department officer who died in a helicopter crash in May in north Houston. Robert Mendoza:Remembering Marine with Houston tiesThe Marine with Houston ties died in April at the age of 43 of coronavirus. Tommy Searcy, an 18-year Houston Fire Department veteran, died in September after battling coronavirus for weeks.
These are the Houston police officers who have died in the past year
HOUSTON – The death of a Houston police sergeant Monday marks the fourth line-of-duty death for the Houston Police Department since December. Sean Rios is seen in this duty photo provided by the Houston Police Department on Nov. 9, 2020. Sean Rios died after being hit by gunfire during a shootout along the North Freeway on Nov. 9, 2020. Elmer Manzano is charged with capital murder and attempted capital murder in connection with the case. Arturo Solis has been charged with capital murder in connection with Brewster’s death.
‘There’s a piece of me missing’: HPD pilot who survived helicopter crash remembers partner who was killed
HOUSTON – Houston police Officer Chase Cormier remembers a few things from the night the helicopter he piloted crashed while searching for a body in Greens Bayou. He can also recall not feeling his legs after the crash and asking about whether they’d been severed once firefighters arrived to remove him and his partner, Officer Jason Knox, from the wreckage. RELATED: 1 HPD officer killed, another injured in helicopter crash in north HoustonThose details about run the course of Cormier’s memory from the night that forever changed his life. RELATED: Police give son of HPD officer killed in helicopter crash touching escort to first day of school“We’ve suffered a devastating blow to our family," Councilman Knox said. Obviously, with Jason, there’s a piece of me missing but with aviation, there’s definitely a piece of me missing,” he said.
Police give son of HPD officer killed in helicopter crash touching escort to first day of school
HOUSTON – Cooper Knox is starting his first day of school without his father, but the Houston Police Department is making sure his day is still filled with joy. Officer Jason Knox, 35, was on a tactical flight on May 2 with senior police Officer Chase Cormier, 35, when their helicopter went down in a north Houston apartment complex. HPD and other agencies came together to host a special event from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. to escort Cooper Knox to school at Warner Elementary School and give him a fun, memorable sendoff. Jason’s father, Councilman Mike Knox, tells KPRC 2 Jason loved adventure, he loved his family, and loved making memories with his family. Chris Cormier was in the helicopter with Jason Knox when it crashed.
Houston family remembers fallen heroes, including Jason Knox who died in HPD helicopter crash
TOMBALL – The mailbox across the street from Arthur and Linda Craig was the thread that strung people together during the Memorial Day weekend. The Craigs family hosted a meet-and-greet with the neighbors on Canyon Bend Drive in Tomball. “About maybe 30 people, our neighbors came,” Arthur said. Linda said the gathering provided a chance to meet their neighbors and share their family’s stories of sacrifice. HPD Officer Knox was killed in a helicopter crash this month.
WATCH: Houston city council member shares emotional message after losing son in HPD helicopter crash
HOUSTON – After losing his son, Jason Knox, in the Houston Police Department helicopter crash earlier this month, city council member Michael Knox expressed his gratitude to the city. "I just want to thank you, all of my colleagues and the entire city for all they did during this difficult time for us," he said tearfully during a council meeting Wednesday. Family, friends and colleagues gathered for Jason's funeral Saturday at Houston's First Baptist Church in Houston. At the service, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo described Jason as “an old soul.”“It seems like God gave him a lot of wisdom,” Acevedo said. He is survived by a wife and two young children.
'Best Officer Ever': Fallen HPD officer Jason Knox remembered at First Baptist funeral service
'Best Officer Ever': Fallen HPD officer Jason Knox remembered at First Baptist funeral service 'One of the best': Houstonians pay tribute to fallen HPD officer, Jason KnoxThis Nov. 21, 2018, photo shows Houston police officer Jason Knox in a restored HPD cruiser in Houston. less This Nov. 21, 2018, photo shows Houston police officer Jason Knox in a restored HPD cruiser in Houston. The Houston police department tweeted that Knox, a Tactical Flight Officer, was killed when a police ... more Photo: Steve Gonzales, Staff Photographer/Houston Chronicle Photo: Steve Gonzales, Staff Photographer/Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 24 Caption Close 'Best Officer Ever': Fallen HPD officer Jason Knox remembered at First Baptist funeral service 1 / 24 Back to GalleryHoustonians paid their final respects to fallen HPD tactical flight officer Jason Knox today at 11 a.m. at Houston's First Baptist Church. Officer Jason Knox is the best of who we are and we will miss him dearly. Turner proclaimed May 9, 2020 as HPD Officer Jason Michael Knox day in the City of Houston.chron.com
‘It seems like God gave him a lot of wisdom,’ HPD Chief Acevedo says as hundreds gather to remember fallen HPD officer Jason Knox
At the service, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo described Knox as “an old soul.”“It seems like God gave him a lot of wisdom," Acevedo said. Citing the reverence Knox held for the department, Acevedo announced that the Houston Police Department would retire Knox’s badge number, No. Later in the service, Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed May 9, 2020 as HPD Officer Jason Michael Knox Day. WATCH: Funeral service held for fallen HPD officer Jason Knox at First Baptist ChurchHonoring Officer Knox 🔴WATCH LIVE: Family and friends, members of law enforcement and local officials are honoring fallen Houston police officer Jason Knox at a funeral service. https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2020/05/05/funeral-details-released-for-fallen-houston-police-officer-jason-knox/ Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Saturday, May 9, 2020WATCH: Body of fallen officer, Jason Knox, escorted by law enforcement Monday
Family members, friends gather to pay respect to fallen HPD Officer Jason Knox during visitation service
HOUSTON – Family members, friends and fellow officers paid their respect to Houston Police Officer Jason Knox during a visitation service on Friday. The tactical flight officer died after a helicopter crash last weekend. Here’s how he was remembered Friday:“He loved his family. He loved God and he loved being a member of the Houston Police Department. He loved being an ambassador," Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.
Reports: Man charged for allegedly shooting gun near fatal police helicopter crash
Reports: Man charged for allegedly shooting gun near fatal police helicopter crashImage 1 of / 1 Caption Close Reports: Man charged for allegedly shooting gun near fatal police helicopter crash 1 / 1 Back to GalleryA 19-year-old has been charged for allegedly firing a gun near the site of a fatal Houston Police Department helicopter crash, reports ABC 13. Prosecutors say Josue Daniel Carlos-Trajedo, charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, fired his gun at least five times in the same area where the crash happened on Saturday. Federal investigators are searching for the cause of the crash and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said his department would conduct a homicide investigation. The search was unsuccessful and law-enforcement officers have not said whether the report of the bodies of legitimate. In what police say was an unrelated incident, shots were fired across the street from the crash while first responders were freeing the officers from the wreckage.chron.com
NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal HPD helicopter crash
HOUSTON – The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report about the crash of a Houston Police Department helicopter that killed one officer and injured another. The two-page report published Thursday shed little light on what may have caused the police helicopter to crash into an apartment complex clubhouse near the Greenspoint neighborhood just after 2 a.m. Saturday. Officer Jason Knox was killed in the crash. Federal investigators said it was a Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter crew that informed authorities that the police helicopter had crashed after air traffic controllers reported losing radar contact with the chopper. Investigators also said that video from a witness showed the helicopter rotated in the air before falling to the ground.
Knox family shares touching message for pilot injured in HPD helicopter crash
HOUSTON – The road to recovery is long for Houston Police officer Chase Cormier after he was critically injured in a helicopter crash that killed tactical flight officer Jason Knox. Cormier and Knox were investigating bodies floating in a bayou Saturday when the HPD helicopter named 75 Fox spun out of control and crashed into a vacant building in north Houston, authorities said. Knox died at the hospital and Cormier was taken into surgery. Despite their heartache, Knox’s father councilman Mike Knox shared a touching post on Facebook wishing Cormier well. “I also have a strong family network, peer support within HPD and friends.
HFD firefighter shares the special bond he has with HPD pilot involved in fatal helicopter crash
HOUSTON – Hundreds lined the streets of Houston Monday for a procession in honor of Houston police officer, Jason Knox, who was killed in a helicopter crash Saturday morning. Knox, 35, died Saturday when the helicopter he and Officer Chase Cormier were in, crashed at an apartment complex on the city’s northside. SKY 2 is following a law enforcement procession that is escorting the body of fallen HPD Officer Jason Knox through Houston this morning. Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Monday, May 4, 2020A special bond between HFD firefighter and injured HPD officerThose who know Cormier said his recovery will be fought to the fullest. Gamaldi said Officer Cormier has been through one surgery and has a long road ahead of him.
Fallen HPD officer escorted to funeral home
Fallen HPD officer escorted to funeral homeThe body of fallen Houston police officer Jason Knox was escorted to the Pat H. Foley and Company Funeral Home on Monday morning. The body of fallen Houston police officer Jason Knox is escorted to a north Houston funeral home Monday, May 4, 2020. The body of fallen Houston police officer Jason Knox is escorted to a north Houston funeral home Monday, May 4, 2020. Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle Photo: Jay R. Jordan / Houston Chronicle Image 1 of / 17 Caption Close Fallen HPD officer escorted to funeral home 1 / 17 Back to GalleryThe late officers body was moved from the Harris County Medical Examiners Officer in the Texas Medical Center to the funeral home at 1200 West 34th Street, near Alba Road. Officers and other first responders, including members of the Houston Fire Department, saluted the fallen officer from bridges over Interstate 45 and Texas Highway 288, where the escort proceeded.chron.com
Body of HPD Officer Jason Knox escorted to funeral home in northwest Houston
Published: May 4, 2020, 4:48 am Updated: May 4, 2020, 11:28 amHOUSTON – Houston police commanders and officers escorted the body of fallen Officer Jason Knox from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences building at 1861 Old Spanish Trail to the Pat H. Foley & Company Funeral Home at 1200 West 34th Street. Traffic was blocked on streets and freeways as the ambulance was escorted to the funeral home. SKY 2 is following a law enforcement procession that is escorting the body of fallen HPD Officer Jason Knox through Houston this morning. Police said both the pilot, Senior Police Officer Chase Cormier, and the Tactical Flight Officer, Jason Knox, were severely injured and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where Knox was pronounced dead. “Our hearts are broken after the loss of an amazing officer,” HPD Chief Art Acevedo wrote on Twitter.
Here’s how you can support the family of fallen HPD Officer Jason Knox
Published: May 3, 2020, 4:32 pm Updated: May 4, 2020, 5:34 amHouston Police Officers Union President Joe Gamaldi encourages Houstonians to donate to Assist the Officer, which will deliver all donations to the family of Houston Police Department Officer Jason Knox. Assist the Officer is a financial assistance program providing short-term, immediate financial support to peace officers in the Greater Houston area who face catastrophic injury in the line of duty. Knox died on Saturday after being involved in a helicopter crash while on patrol in Houston. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
Here is what we know about 75 Fox, the Houston Police Department helicopter that crashed
HOUSTON – A Houston Police Department officer is dead and another critically injured after a helicopter crash Saturday morning, officials said. HPD Chief Art Acevedo said the officers were in an HPD helicopter named ’75 Fox’, which spun out of control and crashed into a vacant building at an apartment complex in north Houston. Cormier joined the department in July 2006 and the air unit for three years. Here is what we know about the HPD’s Air Operations Unit and its helicopters:The ’75 Fox’ helicopterThe ’75 Fox’ helicopter involved in Saturday’s crash was a 369E model and manufactured by MD Helicopter Inc. in 2008, according to the FAA registry. Last crashLast July, an HPD helicopter completed a hard landing at the agency’s hangar at Hobby Airport, KPRC 2 previously reported.
Turner offers condolences to Houston police officer Jason Knox’s family, says City Hall lit up blue tonight to honor fallen officer
The City of Houston on Saturday night will light up City Hall, the Southwest Freeway bridges, and Bush Intercontinental Airport in blue to honor fallen Houston Police Department Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox. Knox was the son of Houston City Councilman Mike Knox, a retired Houston Police Officer. Jason Knox leaves behind a wife, two children, and an extended family. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner offered the following statement:"The City of Houston is heartbroken following the tragic death of HPD Officer Jason Knox. I had the pleasure of meeting Jason on several occasions through his father’s work on the Houston City Council.
'Fell out of the sky': Tik Tok video shows HPD chopper plummeting to the ground
'Fell out of the sky': Tik Tok video shows HPD chopper plummeting to the groundTwo police officers hug as authorities investigate the scene where an HPD officer was killed and another was critically injured when a helicopter crashed into Greenspoint apartment complex Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Houston. Kenney began shooting the Tik Tok video when the chopper began spinning before his eyes and fell to the ground in a north Houston neighborhood. HPD Officer Jason Knox died in the crash around 2 a.m. Saturday. Jose Salazar posted this video on Facebook of the chaotic scene after the chopper careened into the apartment clubhouse. Senior Police Officer Chase Cormier, 35, was sworn in as a HPD officer in July 2006.chron.com
1 HPD officer killed, another injured in helicopter crash in north Houston
HOUSTON – One officer was killed, and the other officer is in critical condition after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed early Saturday in an apartment complex in north Houston, according to local officials. According to HPD, Cormier was sworn in as an HPD officer in July 2006. Senior Police Officer Chase Cormier, 35, was sworn in as a HPD officer in July 2006. The investigation into the HPD helicopter crash will be extensive, according to Acevedo. Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Saturday, May 2, 2020KPRC 2 reporter Joel Eisenbaum provides an update from the Texas Medical Center:HPD officer killed in HPD Helicopter crash Posted by KPRC2 / Click2Houston on Saturday, May 2, 2020Watch KPRC 2 chopper above the scene of the HPD helicopter crash:HPD helicopter crash Here is a live look at the scene of the HPD helicopter crash in north Houston.
GALLERY: Here are 14 photos from the deadly HPD helicopter crash in north Houston
One officer was killed and another one is in surgery after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed early Saturday in an apartment complex in north Houston, according to local officials. HOUSTON – One officer was killed and another is in critical condition after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed early Saturday in an apartment complex in north Houston, according to local officials. Houston Police Department Chief Art Acevedo identified Jason Knox as the tactical flight officer that died at the hospital following the crash. The HPD crash was reported at about 2 a.m. at the Biscayne At Cityview Apartment complex located at 17050 Imperial Valley Drive, near the Greenspoint neighborhood. None of the residents of the apartment complex were injured in the crash.
UPDATE: Houston Police Identify Officers Involved In Deadly Helicopter Crash Houston Public Media
UPDATE: Houston Police have identified Jason Knox as the flight tactical officer who died and Chase Cormier as the injured pilot. A Houston Police officer is dead and another critically injured after a helicopter crash in the Greenspoint area early Saturday morning. The flights tactical officer Jason Knox was taken by LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann hospital but died of his injuries. It is with heavy hearts we mourn the loss of @houstonpolice Tactical Flight Officer Jason Knox. It you would like to make a financial contribution to Officer Jason Knox family, please go to https://t.co/WZMUeUxZYE.houstonpublicmedia.org