Statement From Dep. Valdez’s Family

user31342-1414789943-media2-300x200 JesseValdezIII-214x300The family is in shock and is overwhelmed by the outpouring of condolences, nationally and locally.

The family of Jesse “Trey” Valdez III would like to thank the Harris County Sheriff’s Office for their sincere and heartfelt support during this tremendously difficult time in taking care of one of their own.

The value of Trey’s service to law enforcement has been revealed over the past two days from the outpouring of national, state and local sympathies extended to the family.

The tributes and vigils have been meaningful and appreciated.

At such a time, the love and support of family and friends is absolutely invaluable. However, at this time the family is requesting that the public and the media honor the sensitivity of their loss and the need for privacy to grieve during this time of sorrow. Their plea is to please refrain from contacting the family and friends for comment, interviews, or acceptance of condolences. Losing Trey is a very painful experience and we need time to heal.

Thank you and sincerely,
The Valdez Family

We’d also like to note that in June 2013, Dep. Valdez and two of his colleagues received a lifesaving award from Sheriff Adrian Garcia for a March 9, 2013 incident.

That day, Dep. Valdez, Sgt. Garza, and Deputy Rodriguez responded to a domestic disturbance call. When they arrived, they found the suspect had locked himself in his home. Several commands were made for the suspect to come out but he refused.

A few moments later, two separate fires were observed through the window of the home but no sign of the suspect.

When the deputies received no response from the suspect and they saw the home quickly filling up with smoke, they forced their way in. The deputies broke a window and proceeded to search for the suspect in the smoke filled home. Deputy Rodriguez located the suspect lying in the bedroom unconscious and carried the suspect out of the home. Sgt. Garza and Deputy Valdez used fire extinguishers from their patrol vehicles to extinguish the fires inside the home. Once outside Deputy Valdez conducted a sternum rub at which time the suspect became responsive.