The first pitch of the annual Gary Gryder Memorial Softball Tournament will come right down the strike zone over the plate on South Main at 9 a.m. Friday, March 5.
The address of that location is 12631 South Main.
Gryder (EOW: June 29, 2008) was a highly respected officer and member of the HPOU Board of Directors. He was struck and killed while directing traffic at a construction site on the Katy Freeway. Officer Freddie Joe Pyland was seriously injured in the incident but recovered before his retirement from HPD.
HPOU 2nd Vice President Tim Whitaker, the emcee of the event, said Gryder’s son Austin, an HPD officer, will be among the players on the teams in the tournament. Whitaker also pointed out that HPD Blues will sing the National Anthem and the HPD Honor Guard will display the Colors.
Besides Officer Gryder, others in attendance will be Tyler Martin, son of Officer Richard Martin (EOW: May 18, 2015), Andrew and Carlos Vasquez, sons of Officer Alberto Vasquez (EOW: May 22, 2001), Henry Canales Jr., son of Officer Henry Canales (EOW: June 23, 2009) and Cooper and Eliza Knox, son and daughter of Officer Jason Knox (EOW: May 2, 2020).