EAGLE PASS, Texas -- A Texas author was in Eagle Pass to meet with two of Eagle Pass and Maverick County's finest law enforcement officials: Pct. 3 Constable Mario A. Hernandez and EPISD Chief Joe Ramos:
Below is an excerpt of what the author shared on his book's Facebok page (Behindthe Texas Badge):
Wow, what a trip we just completed! From Eagle Pass to Pleasanton, we met some great officers who keep the citizens of this great state safe. Maverick County Constable Mario A. Hernandez told us about how, in the police academy, he picked up his desk and moved it next to the instructor. He told the instructor he was there to learn to be the best police officer, so that's where his desk remained the entire year. Mario's photo was done in a beautiful courtroom at the old Maverick County courthouse. Chief Joe Ramos at the Eagle Pass ISD told us about how he began working as a clerk at the Eagle Pass PD when he was still in high school. He is now chief over a large school district and works tirelessly to keep the children safe. Ronald Sanchez, Chief of Police in Pleasanton, drove us out to where the Atascosa Ambush (10-12-99) took place. He was there. He was the 5th man on scene, being fired at by a deranged man, as three of his friends and fellow officers had been hit and killed. By the grace of God, Chief Sanchez survived. It was surreal to be at that place and to hear Chief Sanchez tell his story. We then met with one of his officers, Jessi Chia. When Jessi was a child, a female DARE officer came to her school to speak. She had never seen a female police officer before, and at that moment realized that's what she wanted to be.
We can say, with confidence, that the citizens of Texas are in excellent hands. We greatly enjoyed our time in South Texas and the wonderful people there!
We can't wait to put all of the stories and photographs together and to see it all in print!
This photo shows only a few of the officers we met in Eagle Pass. (Doug Hutchison, Luis DeLuna, Carol Hutchison, Texas Ranger Joe Sanchez, and Mario Hernandez) Photo Credit: Mario Martinez, Eagle Pass, Texas
Look for the book in early 2018! (A coffee table book full of officers from all over Texas, K-9 partners, mounted patrol horses, badges, shoulder patches, and patrol units, along with officer stories told in their own words. A portion of the proceeds to go to the three Texas chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the Great Fall Huntventure, which is a program for the children of fallen officers managed by the Texas Game Wardens Association.