‘ROOKIE OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER VICTORIA FERGUSON
After completing her training, Officer Victoria Ferguson’s first duty assignment was night shift at the Westside Division. Since her arrival, she has emerged as a quality officer who has demonstrated to her supervisors and others her willingness to learn and not shrink from her responsibilities as an officer of the Houston Police Department. In mid-June of 2020, Officer Ferguson was dispatched to a call that turned into a case of human smuggling. A young female called in desperation as she had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution with a $1,000 a day quota. If she did not meet the quota, she was punished. Officer Ferguson had the foresight to quickly get the victim to safety and contact the Vice Division for further investigation. Due to Ferguson’s realization of the seriousness of the situation, the actions she took in obtaining critical information helped get the victim out of serious danger. Officer Ferguson will truly be an asset to the future success of the Houston Police Department.
‘INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER JOEL C. MILLER
Officer Joel C. Miller has consistently been one of the most productive members of the In-Service training unit at the Training Division. However, he had a stellar year in 2020, most noticeably in the month of August. Officer Miller was proactive and initiated the creation, of a mandatory training course that was taught by him and members of the Defensive Tactics Units. This training addressed the issues encountered between law enforcement and possible suspects. In August, while Officer Miller was finalizing the mandatory course, he accepted a position under the certification/TCOLE Unit at the Training Division. He was now responsible for the creation of periodic tests administered to cadets and creating test questions for each topic covered in the BPOC. Miller continuously volunteers for special assignments.
‘FTO OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER ADRIAN WAGNER
Officer Adrian Wagner is a twenty-year officer who has spent his entire career on the front lines of policing at HPD’s South Central Division. Officer Wagner has been a Field Training Officer for twelve of his twenty years. He has trained or evaluated at least sixty probationary officers, and in that time, Officer Wagner has never changed and continues to have a tremendous work ethic. He has always been a worker who volunteers for the most intimidating and challenging calls for service, especially while he is training a probationary officer. Last year Officer Wagner and his probationary partner were dispatched to a drive-by-shooting where no one was injured but an entire community was frightened. Officer Wagner recovered shell casings from the scene that matched ballistics from a neighboring county that lead to possible leads in an unsolved murder case. With that, Officer Wagner taught his PPO that attention to fine details could pay off to solve crime.
‘PATROL OFFICER OF THE YEAR”
OFFICER JORDAN E. STEPP
Officer Stepp contacted Southeast area units, in regards to a capital murder in Southeast Houston. Along with other officers, Officer Stepp located the suspect. The suspect not only had stolen a car but also had taken a hostage at gunpoint. Once the vehicle was stopped, Officer Stepp was able to talk the suspect into surrendering. With assistance from the other officers, they then took immediate action to rescue the kidnapped female, and place the suspect in custody without incident. This is just one of many instances where Officer Stepp implemented his law enforcement knowledge.
PATROL SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR
SERGEANT GLEN DICKERSON
Sergeant Glen Dickerson was riding unit 5F01N on January 24, 2020, when he advised dispatch that he felt an explosion that rocked his patrol car. A short time later, he found the location and quickly took action and requested that all units respond to the location to assist. After Sergeant Dickerson advised of the extensive damage done to the nearby residential area, he displayed his outstanding leadership throughout the whole event. Sergeant Dickerson was at the command post set up near the explosion site and coordinated all functions related to the explosion. Although this was an unfortunate occurrence, Sergeant Dickerson’s years of experience and knowledge helped provide care to the residents affected by the explosion.
‘CIVILIAN SUPPORT SERVICES EMPLOYEE’ OF THE YEAR
SENIOR POLICE TELECOMMUNICATOR HECTOR GREGORY LOPEZ JR
Sr. Police Telecommunicator Hector Gregory Lopez Jr. has worked for HPD since March of 2014. As a dispatcher, Mr. Lopez works and controls different mics along with operations throughout CAD to ensure that officers on the streets have the necessary tools to complete their job and be safe. Mr. Lopez has volunteered to become a trainer to teach new hires the difficult task of how to be a dispatcher. This past year Mr. Lopez volunteered his own time to train new hires so that they would not lose time waiting on an available trainer. Additionally, ECD is short dispatchers so Mr. Lopez routinely works other shifts to assist with operations to ensure that minimum staffing standards are met. Mr. Lopez’s work ethic and how he performs his job is nothing short of amazing. When Officer Jason Knox lost his life last year, someone Mr. Lopez worked with routinely while dispatching, he assisted with care packages for the family and even spent his own money for gifts in commemoration of the fallen officer.
‘TACTICAL OFFICER OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER JONATHAN ANDERS
Officer Jonathan Anders, is assigned to the Central Crime Suppression Team II. Officer Anders began his initial investigation on a Human Trafficking case involving the complainant and her “pimp”. After speaking with the complainant, Officer Anders began his investigation and verified that the suspect had been working multiple girls during this time. The suspect was arrested for compelling prostitution, aggravated promotion of prostitution of persons under 18 and trafficking of persons continuous. Officer Anders worked with the FBI to pursue federal charges. This is just one of the countless investigations that Officer Anders successfully pursued during the year.
‘UNDERCOVER INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR’
SENIOR POLICE OFFICER DANIEL SAENZ
Officer Saenz produces very high quality investigations and is the handler for one of the most productive and prolific confidential informants to ever work for the Houston Police Department Narcotics Division. In August of 2014, Officer Saenz’s informant introduced him to an upper-level narcotics distributor. Several controlled buys occurred, and Officer Saenz was eventually introduced as an undercover officer purchasing kilos of methamphetamines. This particular investigation eventually targeted the drug activities of two significant individuals in Mexico who were responsible for smuggling large kilogram quantities of cocaine into the United States, specifically Houston. This investigation was named Dark Skye. During the first phase of the investigation large amounts of drugs were seized and 39 arrests were made. On July 1, 2020, under phase II 16 additional members were indicted and thus led to the successful conclusion of Dark Skye. Officer Saenz and his informant were solely responsible for the initiation of this complex, in-depth six-year investigation which resulted in significant seizures and arrests.
‘SPECIALIZED OFFICER OF THE YEAR’
SERGEANT PATRICK MORRISSEY Sergeant Patrick Morrissey is assigned to the Major Offenders Division Environmental Investigations Unit. Sergeant Morrissey is the Department’s foremost subject matter expert concerning water and air pollution crimes and commercial dumping cases. Sergeant Morrissey investigated a case that began in 2019 that lead to charges in 2020. The air pollution case was filed against a Southeast Houston company that was responsible for emitting noxious odors that were making multiple residents sick in a neighboring trailer park. After the execution of a search warrant led to the discovery of chemicals, multiple charges were filed. Sergeant Morrissey’s leadership has resulted in him actively pursuing grants to obtain the specialized instruments and personal protective equipment necessary to conduct investigations in hazardous environments. As a police instructor, Sergeant Morrissey teaches a portion of the Department’s Differential Response Team training school dealing with illegal dumping investigations.
‘THE DIFFERENTIAL RESPONSE TEAM/COMMUNITY SERVICES OFFICER OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER TRACIE MATTHEWS-SEGURA
Officer Matthews-Segura exemplifies what a dedicated, resourceful, outgoing, creative, professional, successful, and engaging community services officer (CS) should be. Matthews-Segura was named as the HPD South Central Officer of the year by the 3rd Ward proud citizens on patrol. Mrs. Deb White, President of the 3rd Ward Citizens and HPD Citizens Police Academy Alumni, stated that “Officer Matthews-Segura made it her mission to understand the pain points within the community in which she serves”. It was Officer Matthew-Segura’s programs throughout the year that lifted our spirits and let us know that we will get through these difficult times together. She had monthly community activities just to let us know that she and HPD cares.” Additionally, Officer Matthews-Segura is dedicated because she is the lead instructor for the Rape Aggression Defense Program for women. It speaks to her dedication that she was helping to instruct all the while eight months pregnant. Along with this, Officer Matthews-Segura is creative, resourceful and involved with the community. Officer Matthew-Segura coordinates candy donation contests, and holds DRT Certification training. It is a testament to her character that Officer Matthews-Segura conducts herself with selflessness and humility. She does not do these things for glory, recognition, or awards, it is just a part of her amazing work ethic.
‘SENIOR POLICE OFFICER OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER ROBERT SEGURA
Senior Police Officer Segura assigned to the Eastside CST, responded to an assist when a Lojack hit was received. Senior Police Officer Segura proceeded to the location and contacted the residents but was denied entry. Ultimately, a stolen vehicle, truck parts, and weapons were recovered from the residence. Senior Police Officer Segura interviewed the suspects and confessions to their involvement were made. Senior Police Officer Segura is a great example to the younger generation of Houston police officers regarding his dedication to duty, professionalism, and teamwork.
‘PROACTIVE INVESTIGATOR OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER ROBERT ESTRADA
Officer Robert Estrada has been assigned to the Gang Division for approximately two years and in a relatively short time, he has evolved into an extraordinary gang investigator. During his brief time in the division, he has been responsible for assisting with several robbery cases involving identifying capital murder suspects, as well as initiating a case on a violent Southeast Houston gang, resulting in one of the largest federal indictment cases known to have occurred in the area. In addition, Officer Estrada has continued to utilize proactive strategies to address gang crime involving numerous groups, in an effort to reduce organized criminal behavior.
‘PARTNERS OF THE YEAR’
OFFICER KATIE CLARK AND OFFICER MICHAEL NICOTRA
There are only a few divisions that rely as heavily on the partnership concept as the Homicide Division. A highly functional partnership is an absolute necessity for the success of the division. Officers Clark and Nicotra have one of the most impressive track records as partners. In 2020, when two gang members assassinated their rivals in rush hour traffic, Clark and Nicotra ensured that justice was served. The incident made headlines and snarled traffic for hours. The detectives did not stop until every player in the incident faced charges, from the shooters to the mastermind behind the scenes. Clark and Nicotra each bring unique talents to their partnership.
‘INVESTIGATIVE SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR’
SERGEANT JOSE DURAN
As a collateral duty assignment, Sergeant Jose Duran maintains a training and on-call status as a senior member of the Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team. On November 5, 2020, Sergeant Jose Duran received a letter of commendation from the Assistant Director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigation Division crediting his undercover work in the successful prosecution of MS-13 and the international threat they represented. Specifically, the FBI credits Sgt. Duran with the collection of evidence on the “Twelve Disciples” of La Ranfla Historical, which is the so-called “Board of Directors” of MS-13. The FBI believes that the work that Sgt. Duran performed in 2020 not only led to successful prosecution of the criminals and terrorists, but also leaves a long-lasting psychological impact felt at the high levels and all levels in the future.
‘CIVILIAN TECHNICAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR’
SENIOR MICROCUMPUTER ANALYST HOANG NGUYEN
Beyond Mr. Nguyen’s normal duties, he is frequently called upon and trusted by his peers to resolve challenging problems that no one else is able to resolve. Because of Mr. Nguyen’s ability to usually develop a solution to the most challenging technical problems, he has earned the nickname “The Wizard”. On occasion, when vendors like Microsoft, Adobe, and Carbon Black could not resolve problems with their software that caused problems for HPD technology implementation, Mr. Nguyen would resolve the problem before the vendor’s technical engineers could figure it out. Mr. Nguyen recently helped promote a secure computing environment for HPD, he developed a process for enforcing USB drive encryption, and silently enforced the encryption of hard drives on all mobility devices connected to the HPD domain.
CIVILIAN ADMINISTRATIVE /PARA-PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR’
EXECUTIVE OFFICE ASSISTANT MARIA BALERO
Executive Office Assistant (EOA) Maria Balero, of the Homeland Security Command was responsible for processing the staffing information for disasters, and creating the ability to seek federal disaster reimbursement. As the COVID-19 pandemic erupted, EOA Balero oversaw the extraordinary task of bringing in the tens of thousands of employee overtime forms and processing them for audit and federal reimbursement. Ms. Balero’s meticulous attention to detail and quality control measures ensured that HPD was eligible to receive the maximum recompense.
‘CIVILIAN PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR’
FINANCIAL ANALYST IV KERRIE PIERCE
Now Administration Manager, Ms. Kerrie Pierce was instrumental in setting up overtime projects and working with divisions within the Department to ensure that overtime had been properly recorded. This past year saw an increase in the volume of overtime requests due to several declared emergencies, protests, and COVID-19 reimbursement initiatives. Ms. Pierce has consistently provided timely and continuous updates on various projects. This information helps HPD obtain funding and reimbursements. Ms. Pierce strives to provide excellent customer service and prides herself on the quality of work delivered.
‘CIVILIAN SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR’
TELECOMMUNICATOR SUPERVISOR NATASHA FERN
Police Telecommunicator Supervisor Natasha Fern is assigned to evening shift, Watch Command at the Emergency Communications Division. As a supervisor at Watch Command, PTS Fern oversees dispatchers and performs Quality Control by monitoring the radio of each of her subordinates for approximately 30 minutes once a pay period to ensure standards are met. In addition to her numerous, fast-paced responsibilities PTS Fern has proven to be a true leader stepping up to the plate by supporting dispatchers and routinely volunteering to handle responsibilities that others choose not to. During COVID-19 Fern often volunteered to work a dispatch mic to help with the shortage of staffing. Additionally when the Department mobilized for the George Floyd protest and dispatchers were assigned 12-hour shifts due to an increase in calls, without hesitation, Fern performed duties to provide longer breaks for dispatchers who were required to work mics.
‘ADMINISTRATIVE CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR’
SERGEANT BARON GLOVER
For several years, Sergeant Baron Glover was assigned as the Administrative Sergeant of the Southeast Patrol Division. Sergeant Glover used his passion to develop a relationship with the citizens. He coordinated along with the assistance of other officers many holiday activities for the children in the community. Events were initiated during Christmas, Halloween, and a Martin Luther King Jr. parade was held. The coordination of these events was a big task, involving 180 officers with a minimum budget. The effort and passion that Sergeant Glover exhibited during this time, was a benefit to the Division and the entire Southeast community.
‘MID-MANAGER OF THE YEAR’
LIEUTENANT CLAYTON C. STEELE
No sooner than when Lieutenant Steele transferred to the Special Operations Division, the COVID-19 pandemic erupted. Lieutenant Steele was instrumental in working with the Houston Health Department (HHD), the U.S Public Health Service, and local partners in the Texas Medical Center to establish one of the first community based testing sites in the country, which quickly became the national model for best practices. Lieutenant Steele oversaw two initial testing sites and the 163 that eventually followed. As the COVID-19 vaccine became available in late 2020, Lieutenant Steele pivoted and began working with HHD to bring mass vaccination sites online. Furthermore, Steele provided support and expertise to commanders and executive staff on the front lines working to deescalate the angry and often violent crowds during the George Floyd protest. His assistance was crucial to successfully bringing peace to our city. Lieutenant Steele assumed command of the Mounted Unit earlier in the year and immediately began improving the readiness of the unit. He communicated his expectations of the unit by providing clear guidance, identifying maintenance at the stables, and correcting issues within the General Services Division. The Lieutenant’s actions had an immediate and positive impact on unit moral. His ability to manage resources under pressure, combined with his unrelenting dedication to duty, served as an inspiration to all those who worked with him.
‘CIVILIAN MANAGER OF THE YEAR’
ADMINISTRATION MANAGER YOLANDA CASTILLO
Whereas Ms. Yolanda Castillo wears the title of Administration Manager, she is truly the glue that holds people together and the oil that keeps the Emergency Communication Division running. Ms. Castillo is a very positive person and is always willing to assist others, even when it is outside her job responsibilities. Everyone knows that if there is something dealing with administrative procedures and you do not know what to do, you can ask Ms. Castillo. Last year she saw a need for a new job set for the trainers at the Emergency Communication Division. Ms. Castillo saw that all the necessary requirements were correct and the documents were correct before forwarding up the chain for approval, and ultimately receiving city council’s approval.
‘MANAGER OF THE YEAR’
COMMANDER THOMAS HARDIN
2020 was an historic year, bringing new and significant challenges to the Houston Police Department. Special Operations Division Commander Thomas Hardin played a key role in leading the Department through arguably one of the most difficult years on record. Cmdr. Hardin worked tirelessly with community partners from the Texas Medical Center and the Houston Health Department (HHD) to establish one of the first drive-through COVID-19 community based testing sites in the country, which would eventually become the national model to be adopted by the U.S. Public Health Service. While in the midst of the global pandemic, the world was outraged with the death of Houston native George Floyd and citizens were understandably angry and took to the streets to voice frustration. Cmdr. Hardin was able to effectively manage his SRG resources to respond to each demonstration to ensure the free exercise of people’s First Amendment rights. During 2020, Comdr. Hardin has worked around the clock, sacrificing most of his regular days off, to oversee the responses to some of the greatest challenges HPD has faced.
‘LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’
SERGEANT STUART RED
Sergeant Stuart Red’s career began with the Harris County Sheriff’s Department where he mostly worked a patrol assignment. He quickly distinguished himself from his peers as an officer who made fine tactical decisions on the street. Even early in his career it was obvious that Law Enforcement was more than a career choice, but a passion. He joined the Houston Police Department on August 25, 1980. Upon graduation, he worked Central Patrol before transferring to the Traffic/Accident Division, during which time he became a member of the Department’s SWAT team. He only left the position to promote to the rank of Sergeant, which he accomplished on February 24, 2000. When he transferred back to the Tactical Operations Division, he became a K-9 Handler and has remained as such the last 18 years. Throughout his career, he has been drawn to assignments that enabled him to cover the entire city as he would monitor and scan calls for service citywide and respond to them, many times arriving first. One of his monikers is “24/7” Stu” as his commanders know he is usually already on scene. Sergeant Red has always shown what it means to be a “True” public servant throughout his lengthy career as a law enforcement professional.
‘LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’
SENIOR POLICE OFFICER TIMOTHY WHITAKER
Senior Police Officer Tim Whitaker is an exemplary police officer and demonstrates tremendous compassion for his profession, his community, and his fellow officer. Officer Whitaker began his career with the Houston Police Department in January of 1986. Officer Whitaker has been assigned to Westside Division for his entire career. He earned a great reputation as a patrol officer and was selected to become a field trainer and evaluator. Officer Whitaker embraced this new responsibility and spent the next 24 years training and evaluating over 200 probationary police officers. During his time at Westside he was continuously elected to serve as an ERC Representative. After 33 years on patrol, Officer Whitaker transferred to the Community Service/DRT Unit at Westside Division. This position required Officer Whitaker to speak at multiple engagements and he always represented the Department with the highest degree of professionalism. His other duties and responsibilities with this position include organizing Westside Division’s Police and Clergy Alliance, coordinating Westside’s Positive Interaction Program and attending all four of Westside’s Super Neighborhood meetings. He is also responsible for the Blue Santa event, where children from three elementary schools in Westside’s area are given holiday gifts that they may not otherwise receive. Officer Whitaker’s efforts and contributions to the law enforcement profession have not stopped with his regularly assigned duties. In 2012, he was appointed to a vacant Houston Police Officer’s Union (HPOU) Board seat that he held until becoming 2nd Vice President in 2020. He was appointed to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement by Governor Abbott in 2017. Officer Whitaker is the President of Houston Officers Peer Assistance; the Union’s Peer Support Program and he is the Chairman of the Line of Duty Death Committee. He is on the board of directors for Assist the Officer. Officer Whitaker is on the Department’s Crash Review Committee, which ensures police vehicle crashes are thoroughly investigated and discipline is equitably recommended for at-fault accidents. Officer Whitaker’s contributions to the Houston Police Department, City of Houston, and to our profession are enormous.
‘LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’
SENIOR POLICE OFFICER ANTHONY PISARO
Officer Anthony Pisaro was sworn in as a Houston Police Officer on July 6, 1985. He worked high crime areas in patrol until 1997 during which time he was known as an incredibly proactive street cop involved in numerous arrests including one in which he was seriously injured by a violent suspect with a knife. He became a full time member of the SWAT team in July of 1997 where he was involved in innumerable high-risk warrants, barricaded suspects, hostage rescues, and other special threat situations. During this time, he served as a point man, entry team leader, marksman, and marksman team leader. He has become a chemical agent instructor and lead firearms instructor for the Houston Police SWAT team as well as teaching the basic and advanced sniper schools for TTPOA and the FBI. While still in SWAT, he was instrumental in the creation of the carbine program and active shooter response for the entire department. In 2018, he left the SWAT team to join the Training Division’s Tactical Training Unit where he utilized his extensive training and experience to instruct officers on a full time basis. Officer Pisaro’s true legacy with the department includes the immeasurable amount of human life he has saved both directly and through the tactical and trauma mitigation training, he has provided to thousands of officers during the course of his career.
‘LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’
SENIOR POLICE OFFICER JASON DAVIS
Senior Police Officer Jason Davis is currently assigned to the Gang Division and has been a Houston Police Officer for over 20 years. He has served at the Eastside Division, North Division, Northeast Division, and the Tactical Operations Division as a Hostage Negotiator. In his current gang investigation role, SPO Davis has established himself as an expert that has consistently worked to enhance his investigative efforts. Over the years, his expertise has been sought by investigators from multiple divisions and agencies to assist in the form of intelligence, crucial surveillance and expert testimony. Illustrating the highest level of dedication, professionalism and leadership, Officer Davis was a critical factor in building an extremely successful Gang Unit, in which he has been instrumental in investigating and resolving multiple organized crime problems.
‘LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE DELINDA WILKER
Ms. Delinda Wilker spent 25 years as a Houston Police Officer, retiring in January 1999. After enjoying several years of retirement, Ms. Wilker returned and filled several positions including, Administrative Coordinator, Senior Police Service Officer and finally Administrative Associate. Ms. Wilker was instrumental in clearing cases in the Homicide Division and conducting interviews with victims of domestic violence. Ms. Wilker has a lifetime of experience and she is a wealth of institutional knowledge. Ms. Wilker continues to be an asset to HPD, with her more than 38 cumulative years of service.
‘LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT RHONDA JACKSON
Administrative Assistant Rhonda Jackson began her career with the Houston Police Department twenty-six years ago. Ms. Jackson transferred to the Auto Theft Division in 1998, and had the arduous task of serving as the Administrative Assistant for the state funded, Houston Auto Crimes Task Force (HACTF). The HACTF is one of multiple auto theft task forces within the State of Texas operating under the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. Ms. Jackson’s responsibilities includes preparing correspondence and maintaining files for all taskforce members. Ms. Jackson initiates processes and monitors requisitions for grant purchases including petty cash, purchase orders and other purchasing formats approved by the Finance and Administration Department. Through the years, Ms. Jackson’s expertise and knowledge of her job has fostered smooth transitions of taskforce and division management. Ms. Jackson’s dedication, experience, and knowledge has contributed to the success of the Houston Auto Crimes Task Force and is greatly appreciated by those who have been fortunate enough to work with her.
‘LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD’
Alan is being recognized and honored with a lifetime Achievement Award for his decades of passion, commitment, and dedication to fundraising-beyond the call of duty-that has provided “Millions” of dollars to benefit Houston Police Officers and their families. Examples of his efforts would be that he has held 102 plus fundraisers that have raised $8M, of which $2M were his own funds; he contributed $100K to the Fertitta Family Tactical Village; donated $100K for masks during the COVID-19 pandemic; and donated $400K in vehicles for the Houston Police Department, the Houston Fire Department, and the Texas Medical Center.
THANK YOU CHEVRON & HOUSTON POLICE OFFICERS UNION
On behalf of the Houston Police Department, We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Bob Browning and CHEVRON for their generous sponsorship of or Annual Police Week Heroes Luncheon.
And we would like to thank the Houston Police Officers Union (HPOU) for sponsoring this year’s Police Week Coin…you will receive information in the near future on how to purchase the coin. Additionally, a coin will be made available to each award recipient.
Thanks again to Chevron and the Houston Police Officer’s Union for all you do!