Our Fallen Officers

Our Fallen Officers

Henry O. Wendell, Jr.

EOW: October 6, 1967

Officer Wendell was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at Main Street and Plum Street following a high school football game. The impact knocked Officer Wendell 85 feet.

The driver of the vehicle was arrested and charged with murder by auto. He was sentenced to only 6 months probation.

Officer Wendell had only served with the agency for 2 months. He was survived by his wife and five children.


Bio

Age: 43

Tour: 2 months

Badge: Not available


Incident Details

Cause: Stuck by vehicle


James Howard Cassidy, Jr.

EOW: May 16, 1973

Police Officer James Cassidy was struck and killed by a commercial truck while escorting other trucks through the city. He was stopped on the Gulf Freeway when he was struck.

Officer Cassidy had served with the Pearland Police Department for five years and had previously served with the Lufkin Police Department for five years. He was survived by his wife and two children.


Bio

Age: 31

Tour: 10 years

Badge: Not available


Incident Details

Cause: Motorcylce Crash

Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya

EOW: June 12, 2016

Police Officer Endy Ekpanya was killed when his patrol car was struck head-on by a drunk driver at the intersection of East Broadway Street and Country Club Drive while he was responding to a non-emergency call.

He was traveling eastbound on Broadway Street when a vehicle traveling westbound crossed over the dividing line and struck Officer Epankya's patrol car head-on. Officer Ekpanya was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died from his injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was charged with intoxicated manslaughter and sentenced to 32 years in prison.

Officer Ekpanya had served with the Pearland Police Department for one year. He is survived by his 2-year-old son and fiancée.


Bio

Age: 30

Tour: 1 year

Badge: 237


Incident Detail

Cause: Vehicular assault

Weapon: Automobile; Alcohol involved

Offender: Sentenced to 32 Years