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…
March 24, 2004
Suspected Drunk Driver Charged in Texas Officer's Death
Officer Down: Frank Cantu - [Houston, Texas]
The Associated Press
Houston (AP) -- Prosecutors charged a motorist with drunken driving
Thursday morning after a Houston police officer was killed in a
Frank Cantu, a 19-year veteran of the force, was driving in the River
Oaks area of Houston about 2:20 a.m. when his patrol car was struck
by a car speeding through a nearby intersection.
Cantu's patrol car was spun into a tree in a nearby flower bed. The
other car was traveling so fast it didn't come to rest for half a
block, police spokesman Alvin Wright said.
Rescuers extracted Cantu from his wrecked cruiser and rushed him to
Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he was pronounced dead with head
trauma. He was 43.
Police said the driver of the other car, Johnston Beacom, 29, refused
a breath test and was charged with drunken driving, with intoxication
manslaughter charges pending. He remained in custody Thursday morning
after getting treated for minor injuries and having blood drawn.
A passenger in Beacom's sport coupe, who was not injured, was
questioned after the wreck.
Officers closed off the intersection until about 9 a.m. Thursday
morning to reconstruct the collision scene. The traffic signals
appeared to be working properly, authorities said.
The flags at the Houston Police Officer Memorial were lowered to half
staff shortly after dawn.
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