As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Additional Info: Chief Ernest Mendoza had served with the Needville ISD Police Department for 10 years and a total of 25 years law enforcement service. He is survived by his wife and seven children.
Cause of Death: Mendoza was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver.
Date of Incident: January 19, 2007
Chief of Texas school district killed in crash
The Associated Press
WHARTON, Texas A Wharton construction worker with four previous drunken driving convictions has been charged with felony murder.
Twenty-nine-year-old Guillarmo Paniagua is accused of being drunk and then fleeing the scene of a crash in which the police chief of the Needville Independent School District died.
Authorities say he was driving east on Farm-to-Market Road 1301 last night when he veered into the westbound lane and collided with a police cruiser driven by Ernie Mendoza -- the police chief of the Needville I-S-D. ...