Animal Rescue in Fort Bend County

13 06 2011

As published by, June 13, 2011:

A 1,300-pound bull was rescued from the Brazos River, just south of Fulshear, Sunday afternoon.  The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Fulshear/Simonton Fire Department and the Houston SPCA assisted in the effort.

The bull had gone into the river and was trying to get back to the bank when he got stuck in chest-deep, muddy waters. Rescuers, along with some ranch hands employed by the bull’s owner, were able to save the animal after a six-hour ordeal.

It wasn’t an easy effort – the river bank sloped down at a 60-degree angle, and to get to the bull, crews had to make their way through 300 feet of thick underbrush in temperatures approaching 100 degrees.  The SPCA said it was all worth it, though, because as of Monday morning, the bull was reintroduced to his herd and doing fine.

Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office Open House To Showcase Emergency Communications Center

11 01 2011

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is holding an open house tomorrow at 10 a.m. to showcase its new emergency communications center.  The $4 million complex will house 15 call-taker stations, 12 radio stations and a training room.

The new communications center is scheduled to go live on Wednesday.

A portion of the renovation was paid with grant funds through the Department of Homeland Security and administered by the Texas Terrorism Task Force. The funding is designed to upgrade the radio equipment. 

During the open house, other vendors and organizations that will be present include Greater Houston 911, Verint Technologies, Fisk, Turner Construction and Motorola.  The open house will be held from 10 a.m. to noon and tours of the facility will be given.

Deputy John Norsworthy Dies After Car Accident

4 01 2011
News Release from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office issued today:

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office is deeply saddened to report Deputy John Norsworthy has succumbed to injuries sustained in a serious motor vehicle accident. At the time of his death he was surrounded by family and friends. Chief Deputy Comments, “We have lost one of our finest. The world is a little darker place but the heavens have a new shining star.”

On Monday, December 27, 2010 at approximately 6:43 p.m. Deputy John Norsworthy was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident while en-route to back-up a Deputy on a traffic stop. Deputy Norsworthy’s was life-flighted to Memorial Hermann Hospital, downtown, where he remained in critical condition with head injuries and internal bleeding. The Department of Public Safety continues to investigate this incident and requesting any witnesses who on-viewed this accident to contact Sgt. Holtz at the Rosenberg Highway Patrol Office; (281) 633-5401

The Fort Bend Deputy Sheriff’s Association is coordinating a candlelight vigil in honor of Deputy John Norsworthy. It will be held outside by the Peace Officers Memorial Monument at the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited and asked to bring candles, balloons and signs. In his honor, please lower the flags to half-staff beginning today through the end of the week.

Deputy John Norsworthy leaves behind his wife of 19-years, his 11-year-old daughter and 16-year-old son. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office along with the Fort Bend Deputy Sheriff’s Association would like to respectfully reiterate that a benefit account at the Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union for John Norsworthy and his family has been established. This account will assist in defraying the expenses incurred while the family stayed at his side during this critical period. As you can imagine, these expenses alone can cause a financial hardship on anyone. We are in the process of identifying all of the financial burdens the family has and/or will suffer as a result of this horrible accident. We will continue to strive and assist them in any way we can. The Fort Bend County Deputy Sheriff’s Association is calling on all of their fellow co-workers, public safety officers, family and friends to join them in making a monetary donation (no amount is too small) to the John Norsworthy benefit account and to continue to pray for Deputy John Norsworthy’s family.

Donations can be made at any Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union branch. Additionally, they may also be mailed to John Norsworthy Fund (Account No. 0358570300), c/o Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, 4911 Mustang Ave., Rosenberg TX 77471. If you have an account with Brazos Valley, you can also make a transfer by calling 281-342-8245.