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Texas widow 'honored' by tribute to officer

By Flori Meeks
Chronicle Correspondent

TEXAS — Annette Joubert, the widow of Deputy David Joubert, Harris County Constable's Office, Precinct 7, called a tribute planned for today, Feb. 13, in memory of her husband "a great honor."

"All of his life and his work are being culminated in this honor," Annette Joubert said Tuesday.

Deputy Joubert, 60, was killed in a motorcycle accident Jan. 12 while escorting a funeral procession on Cullen Street.

The United States Flag of Honor will arrive at Bush Intercontinental Airport at 10 a.m. today aboard American Airlines Flight 1263.

Area law enforcement representatives will give the plane a water cannon salute and police escort to the concourse, where the Precinct 7 Honor Guard Unit will accept the flag from a representative of the Department of Public Safety and escort it to Precinct 7's offices at 5290 Griggs Road for a noon ceremony.

The flag will be presented to Constable May Walker, who will then present it to members of the Precinct 7 Honor Guard Unit. The Honor Guard will raise and lower the flag to half-staff in honor of Joubert.

The flag, which was flown over the Texas State Capital during the 9/11 attacks, has become a symbol of respect and honor for U.S. armed forces, law enforcement officers and firefighters. It has flown in Kuwait, Qatar, Iraq and Afghanistan in honor of U.S. troops, and it will fly in Washington, D.C. during Police Week in May 2008.

In addition to Annette Joubert, several of Joubert's children are expected to attend the ceremony, including son David Joubert Jr., and daughters Jessica Ramsey and LaTanya Joubert. A third daughter, Shelanda Triggs, who lives out of state, will not be able to attend.

Annette Joubert said her husband was especially passionate about his work and devoted to the men and women with whom he worked and considered his "second family."

"He was like most police officers; they live and breathe what they do. It was his life. He was a likeable person, and he was very good at what he did. He upheld everything law enforcement stands for," she said.

It was his devotion to service that made Joubert an outstanding law enforcement officer, Constable Walker said.

"Deputy Joubert gave all that could be given," Walker said. "He volunteered for everything we started here. He just loved helping people."

Annette Joubert said that was the essence of who her husband was as a human being.

"That was just the type of man he was," she said. "He never met a stranger. He embraced everybody."

The ceremony for Deputy Joubert was initiated by the Honor Network, a philanthropic enterprise that sends the United States Flag of Honor to ceremonies throughout the nation to pay tribute to fallen emergency responders.

The flag also has flown with deployed military units in the Middle East.

Honor Network gets its information about fallen law enforcement officers from the U.S. Department of Justice and sends the flag to as many locations as logistics allow, said Chris Heisler, the organization's president and CEO.

"I have the best job in the world, helping the world see how great these men and women are," Heisler said.

For more information about the Honor Network, visit www.hnetwork.us.

Copyright 2008 The Houston Chronicle

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