Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor's Statement on Deaths of Local First Responders

September 19, 2017 -- "When we lose public servants who had the job of protecting lives, the sorrow is a burden for everyone," Mayor Turner said today.

"So together we grieve the deaths of Brian Sumrall, a Houston firefighter for the last 15 years who was killed in traffic accident Sunday in Batson TX, and Metro police officer Elias "Sonny" Martinez, who died Sunday from injuries suffered earlier in a motorcycle crash that took place while he escorted a truck convoy in League City TX.  He had been a Metro police officer for 25 years.

"May the memory of their good works be a comfort to their families,  friends and co-workers."