End of Watch: September 17, 1997
Today we remember TCSO Lt. George Maurice Hendrix, Jr. and Deputy Thomas 'TJ' Smith who lost their lives in the line of duty.
On this day in 1997, Lt. Hendrix and Deputy Smith were participating in a helicopter surveillance flight in an attempt to find stolen motor vehicles. The helicopter crashed soon after take-off. Bystanders pulled both men from the wreckage and began life-saving procedures, but they passed away as a result of the injuries sustained in the crash.
Hendrix and Smith were military veterans and served in other departments, Hendrix at Euless PD and Smith at River Oaks PD, prior to working for TCSO. They are still missed today by family, friends and colleagues in the North Texas area.