By KAROLYN GEPHART
In remembrance of Pearland Police Officer Endy Ekpanya’s unexpected death in the line of duty a year ago in Pearland, several activities in remembrance of him were in effect on the anniversary date of June 12.
On that day, Pearland Police officers drove with their headlights on, wore mourning badge covers, had an observed moment of silence at the time of his crash that killed him, and had flags placed at his gravesite. These events were directed by Police Chief Johnny Spires.
“Nothing shakes the foundation of a police department more than a line-of-duty death,” Chief Spires said. “It changes us forever. We have all had to deal with this together, but also as individuals because we all grieve and heal in our own way.”
There was no formal memorial service.
“This decision is in no way meant to minimize the impact of the event on the department. There are times when people want to grieve and remember in their own way. I ask that you continue to pray for Lucy, Julian and the entire Ekpanya family, but equally as important please pray for each member of the Pearland Police Department,” Spires said and posted on the PPD Facebook page along with Ekpanya’s photo.
The rookie patrol officer, Endy Ekpanya, 30, was on a non-emergency call at 3:15 a.m. June 12, 2016 in Pearland when he was involved in a violent collision near the intersection of 2500 Broadway and Liberty, according to police. Emergency responders extricated both drivers from their vehicles and Ekpanya was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center where he died.
At that time, he left behind a fiancé and a two year old son.
Ekpanya had been with Pearland PD since 2015.
“The one year anniversary is not a magical date that allows us to move on; Endy will always be remembered and honored by our department and the City of Pearland,” Spires said.