HPD officer injured in helicopter crash gets mobility back thanks to gifted wheelchair
HOUSTON – Since May, Houston Police Department officer and helicopter pilot, Chase Cormier has been working to recover from a helicopter crash that left his partner dead and him without the use of his legs. Cormier, 35, said he remembers steering the helicopter away from an occupied apartment building to a vacant one as the helicopter went down. RELATED: ‘It seems like God gave him a lot of wisdom,’ HPD Chief Acevedo says as hundreds gather to remember fallen HPD officer Jason KnoxMonths later, Cormier is still working to recover. Dallas non-profit organization Independence Corps is bringing Cormier one step closer to increased mobility by gifting him a Trackchair from Carlson Mobility. RELATED: Police give son of HPD officer killed in helicopter crash touching escort to first day of schoolCormier hopes to one day fly again, but in the meantime, he has to learn to walk again.
Man accused of shooting at helicopters after an HPD helicopter crash back in court Monday
HOUSTON – A man accused of shooting toward a Houston Police Department helicopter remains behind bars with a bond of $600,000. Deputies escorted Josue Daniel Claros-Trajedo, 19, into the courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit and a mask. He looked at our cameras through the windows several times during the hearing and as he walked out. Claros-Trajedo is accused of firing several shots into the air toward responding helicopters after the deadly HPD helicopter crash in the Greenspoint area on May 2. He hid firearms in an air vent in his apartment after the shooting, according to court documents.
‘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
Man accused of shooting at backup helicopters responding to HPD helicopter crash, Chief Acevedo says
HOUSTON – A man was arrested and facing multiple charges after being accused of firing several shots into the air toward responding helicopters after a Houston Police Department helicopter crashed into an apartment building on May 2, according to HPD Chief Art Acevedo. Police said he shot several times after the HPD helicopter, 75-Fox, crashed, killing the tactical flight officer, Jason Knox, and injuring senior police officer Chase Cormier. Claros-Trajedo hid firearms in an air vent in his apartment after he was seen, according to court documents. Acevedo said the department will continue to investigate and will disclose more information with the community as the case unfolds. Officials from the Houston Fire Department, the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office all rushed to the scene, Acevedo said.
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.
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 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.
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.
John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli who were killed in crash with Kobe Bryant, mourned and honored in Houston, California
HOUSTON – John Altobelli, his wife Keri and teenage daughter Alyssa, were mourned in two states Monday following their deaths in a helicopter crash that also killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and four others. Lights in HoustonThe city of Houston lit up the Montrose bridges and City Hall in red Monday in honor of John, Keri and Alyssa Altobelli, the city announced in a press release. Memorial in CaliforniaA public memorial was held Monday for the three members of the Altobelli family who were killed in the crash. The service at Angel Stadium of Anaheim began with a reading of the nine names of the victims of the helicopter crash, including Bryant and his daughter. Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven other people died Jan. 26 when the helicopter crashed into a hillside outside Los Angeles.
Houston mourns former UH assistant coach that died in helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant
HOUSTON – John Altobelli, a former University of Houston letterwinner and assistant coach, is among the nine people, including NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, that was killed in a helicopter crash Sunday morning in southern California. “John was a huge supporter of the Cougars and numerous players from Orange Coast College have played for us through the years.”Houston mourns the passing of former letterwinner & assistant coach John Altobelli. "The Houston Athletics family is saddened today by the passing of John Altobelli," Vice President for Athletics Chris Pezman said. Altobelli was entering his 28th season as the head coach at Orange Coast College, where he was the longest-tenured baseball coach in school history. OCC baseball team mourning loss of coach John Altobelli in helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant.