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Friday, 30 October 2020 08:09

City of Houston remembers fallen heroes Lemuel Bruce, Harold Preston

Written by Peter Mayes
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The City of Houston is mourning the loss of two of its own who lost their lives in the line of duty. 

Houston Fire Department Arson Investigator Lemuel Bruce and Houston Police Department Sgt. Harold Preston were both killed in the line of duty during the month of October. 

Bruce, 44, was shot and killed Oct. 16 while conducting surveillance in an arson investigation. He is the first HFD arson investigator to die in the line of duty. 

The 17-year veteran began his career with the Fire Department in 2003 and had been an investigator for five years. His previous assignments included duties at Fire Stations 77, 96, 46, 42, 64, 6 and 12. 

A memorial service for Bruce was conducted Oct. 22 at Lakewood Church. Bruce is survived by his wife and two children, ages 12 and 8. 

Sgt. Preston was fatally shot Oct. 20 while he and his partner were investigating a domestic disturbance. He was taken Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center for multiple gunshot wounds and later pronounced dead. 

A 41-year veteran of the force, Preston began his career with HPD in 1979 and was assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division. He was scheduled to retire this year. 

Funeral services for Preston were Thursday, Oct. 29. A citywide procession is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 31.