Delivering Exceptional Services

Officer Glenn Homs #518

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Served from 8-20-84 to 7-3-93

Assignment at time of death: Tactical Operations

On July 3, 1993, at 1:28 A.M., Officer Glenn Homs was dispatched to a call of a cow in the roadway westbound State Highway 114, approximately one-half mile east of Belt Line Road.  Officer Homs arrived and found the cow had been struck and was dead in the roadway.  Homs was standing in the outside lane of 114 near the shoulder when a vehicle drove through the flare line and struck him.  At 1:37 A.M., a citizen called over the police radio to report the officer lying in the roadway.  Officer Homs was found in the center lane approximately 300 feet west of the point of impact and it was reported that the vehicle that struck him fled the scene without stopping.  Officer Homs died just over an hour later at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.  The vehicle that struck Officer Homs was last seen northbound on Belt Line Road and a short time later Coppell Police located a vehicle that had struck a railroad crossing signal box and was stopped on the railroad tracks.  The 28 year old driver (from Arlington, Texas) was arrested and evidence gathered at that scene connected him with the fatal accident involving Officer Homs.  Charges of involuntary manslaughter and failure to stop and render aid were filed and a guilty pleas was accepted on both.  At sentencing, he received the maximum sentence of ten years for the hit-and-run death of Officer Homs and a concurrent five year sentence for the charge of Failure to Stop and Render Aid.

 

The unthinkable had happened and though we all knew it was a possibility, we had been able to "conveniently" tuck that thought away and not dwell on it.  Officer Homs was the first Irving Police Officer killed in the line of duty and as any department that has lost an officer knows, this loss struck a blow to the very core of our "police family".  The Homs family, though grieving their loss of Glenn, gave the following statement that ultimately shows the character and caring that Glenn learned and emulated in his life:

"The sudden and untimely loss of a member of our family has been devastating to all of us.  Glenn, in each role he filled, as son, father, husband and brother, was exceptional.  His passing has left a void, an emptiness that can never be filled.  Glenn loved being a police officer, devoted to his job, as well as our family.  We are trying to make some sense of why Glenn was taken from us.  He had a full life in front of him, which we had looked forward to sharing with him.  The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation for the kindness and goodwill extended to us from everyone."

Glenn's father and mother maintain contact and a close relationship with our department to this day and Glenn's wife, who was dispatching the night he was killed, continues her work with the Irving Police Department.