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CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia as well as the rest of the Harris County Sheriffs’ Office is coming to grips with the loss of one of their own.

A Harris County Sheriff’s Office sergeant was killed early Sunday morning when his vehicle was hit by a suspected drunk driver in north Houston.

According to reports, the accident happened around 3 a.m. on North Shepherd near West Little York. Officials state that the sergeant, a 16-year veteran, had just finished a shift and was driving home when he was fatally struck.

The official pulled into an intersection when his vehicle was struck on his driver’s side. He was T-boned by a GMC truck that was going at a high rate of speed and that also reportedly ran the red light. The sergeant was pronounced dead at the scene.

The deputy was later identified as Sgt. Dwayne Polk, “a 16 year veteran of the HCSO and a dedicated public servant”, added officials with the HCSO.

On Monday, Sheriff Garcia released a statement about the death of one of Sgt. Polk:

The members of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office mourn the untimely death of Sgt. Dwayne Polk, a 16 year veteran of the HCSO and a dedicated public servant.

The HCSO deals with on a daily basis the tragedy that happens in our community. Our deputies are trained to handle these situations and do what we can to help our citizens move forward when they have been touched by tragedy. Today, it reminds us that although we wear badges and guns, we too are human and our hearts hurt and are heavy as anyone else who has dealt with the loss of a son, a brother, a dedicated colleague, a caring friend and a proud father. Our prayers are with Sgt. Polk’s family and those who knew him best.

Sgt. Polk’s death reminds us that we must stop these senseless actions at the hands of irresponsible individuals who insist on ignoring the law and common sense, and get behind the wheel after having too much to drink!

As we move forward, Sgt. Polk’s death will not be in vain. We will continue to put behind bars those who run the risk of devastating other families, as the Polk family has been. It was eerily ironic that on the morning of June 18th I was with Mothers Against Drunk Driving as they held the annual “Walk Like MADD”.

Let’s remind ourselves that these deaths can be prevented either by personal responsibility or by handcuffs, but we will not stop in our efforts to save lives on our roadways!

No word was released for funeral arrangements for Sgt. Polk at the time of this report.

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