Honoring our Hometown Heroes: The 2021 Peace Officers and Firefighters of the Year

Congratulations to the 2021 Peace Officers & Firefighters of the Year!

  • Captain Paul Schoenemann of the Atascocita Fire Department
  • Firefighter and Paramedic Emile Haley of the City of Humble- Fire Department
  • Deputy Kevin Tran of Harris County Constable Precinct 4
  • Lieutenant William L. Gray of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office
  • Sergeant Robert Hunter of the Houston Police Department- Kingwood
  • Senior Officer Jeffrey Vadzemnieks of Humble ISD Police
  • Officers Bissett & Olvera of Humble Police Department
  • Sergeant Travis Vaughn of the Humble Police Department
  • Sergeant Hue Billings of the Lonestar College-Kingwood Police Department
  • Sergeant Robert Buchanan of the Montgomery County Constables
  • Officer Henri Mestizo of the Splendora Police Department

Partnership Lake Houston and the Lake Houston area business community would like to honor Captain Leroy Lucio and Firefighter Jerry Pacheco for their years of service with the Houston Fire Department

Captain Leroy Lucio touched the lives of many through his work in the community. He was described as such a kind person and is deeply missed by all who knew him. Lucio was a 29 year Houston Fire Department veteran who died in the line of duty on Monday, July 20, 2020, from COVID-19.

Firefighter Jerry Pacheco was well respected by all that knew him in the community. He was described as having a smile that would light up a room. Pacheco was a 17-year veteran of the Houston Fire Department who died in the line of duty on Monday, August 3, 2020, from COVID-19.


As always, we want to thank our business sponsors that make events like this available to our members and our greater Lake Houston community. Today’s sponsors include:

Presenting Sponsor: Light of the World Christian Fellowship

Platinum Sponsor: United Community Credit Union

Awards Sponsor: Joiner Architects, Inc.

Gold Sponsors: Community Resource Credit Union, Memorial Hermann Northeast, Texan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, The MINT National Bank

Silver Sponsors: City of Humble, Deerbrook Mall, Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation, Sullivan’s Truck Auto & Collision

Bronze Sponsor: Rosewood Funeral Home & Cemetery Humble and Washington National Insurance Company



To watch the award ceremony & listen to these hometown heroes’ stories, watch our Facebook live: