Family, Friends and members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office paid their final respects to fallen Deputy Jesse Valdez, III at funeral services held in downtown Houston on Nov. 4.
Hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the state also gathered at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, where services were held, to honor Valdez, 32, who was an 11-year veteran with HCSO.
Sheriff Adrian Garcia described him as someone who was a “hard charger and took action first.”
As a patrol deputy, Valdez served the residents of Harris County while honoring the core values of the agency. In June 2013, he received a lifesaving award from Sheriff Garcia for saving a man from a house fire.
“[He was] courageous – a friend – dedicated to his job and always strived to be the very best deputy he could possibly be,” Garcia said.
Valdez was working the night shift on Oct. 28 when he was traveling eastbound on East Wallisville Road crossing the intersection at Honeysuckle Street on his way to a welfare check. A dark colored Ford Explorer SUV driven by Kelly Jo Ivey, 29, was traveling westbound on East Wallisville Road, when she crossed into the eastbound lane of traffic striking the deputy’s marked patrol unit head on.
Valdez started his career in the jail before moving to patrol.
Valdez was the 40th member of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office to die in the line of duty.