Funeral services set for today for fallen HPD Officer Jason Knox
A Houston police officer remembered for his love of family, cars, and HPD will be laid to rest Saturday.
Knox died last weekend when the helicopter he was in crashed near Greens Bayou. He and HPD helicopter pilot Chase Cormier were searching the bayou for a drowning victim when their helicopter went down.
Funeral services for Knox are set for 11 a.m. at the church. The department expects the arrival of the honor guard and casket around 8 a.m.
ABC will broadcast the service live. Coverage begins on their website starting at 10:45 a.m.
HPD has asked that the funeral service be reserved for Knox’s family, friends, and first responders who knew the veteran officer.
If the 4,000-seat church reaches capacity, attendees will be directed outside of the church to support Knox’s family.
Here is a tentative schedule of the services:
- Opening Remarks- HPD Chaplain Vincent Johnson
- Radio Sign-Off (75 Fox)- Chief Art Acevedo/Dispatch
- U.S. Flag Folded by HPD Honor Guard
- Presentation of Texas Flag (pre-folded)- Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite
- Presentation of City of Houston Flag (pre-folded)- Mayor Sylvester Turner
- Presentation of Hat Cover/Helmet- Commander Patty Cantu
- 21-Gun Salute
- TAPS- HPD Honor Guard
- Flyover/Missing Man- HPD Air & Marine Division
- Riderless Horse- HPD Mounted Patrol
- Advance the Colors- HPD Honor Guard
- Amazing Grace- Bagpipe Band
- Conclusion of Service, Retire the Colors- HPD Honor Guard
- Dismissal of Formation- HPD Honor Guard
Knox is survived by his wife, Keira; their children, Cooper and Eliza; his parents, grandparents, and a number of other relatives and friends.
The family has asked that, instead of flowers, donations to assisttheofficer.com would be appreciated.
“Assist The Officer is a different type of charity because it’s run through the Houston Police Officers’ Union, and that allows us to present 100 percent of the proceeds. Anything that’s brought in will go directly to those officers and their families,” Doug Griffith with the Houston Police Officers’ Union said.
Knox was an eight-year veteran of HPD. He was a tactical flight officer who joined the Air and Marine Division of HPD in January 2019. Prior to that, Knox served as a Harris County deputy constable.
In a bit of fortunate news for his recovery Friday, Cormier was transferred to TIRR Memorial Hermann, the hospital’s rehabilitation facility, according to HPOU President Joe Gamaldi.
Great news! Just received word from Officer Chase Cormier that he will be transferred from Memorial Hermann to TIRR this afternoon, as he continues to push forward in his recovery from the helicopter accident. TIRR is the best rehab hospital in the world, Chase is in good hands.
— Joe Gamaldi (@JoeGamaldi) May 8, 2020