By KAROLYN GEPHART
Photos by Pearland staff member Michael Baez
The memory of Pearland Police Department Fallen Officer Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya was honored in two ways this week. A US Post Office Building and a section of FM 518 now bear his name.
The U.S. Post Office at 2700 Cullen Boulevard in Pearland has been renamed the Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya Post Office Building.
A dedication ceremony was held May 4 at the location.
Mayor Tom Reid was joined by Pearland Police Chief Johnny Spires, Rep. Pete Olson (TX-22), Rep. Ed Thompson, and members of the Ekpanya family at the event.
Olson’s bill, H.R. 294, the Endy Nddiobong Ekpanya Post Office Building Act, designated the renaming. Every member of the Texas congressional delegation was a cosponsor of the bill, which was signed into law by President Donald Trump on March 16.
“Endy selflessly served our Pearland community. While we can never truly repay him, naming this Post Office after him is a small gesture to thank him for his dedication. I’m proud that my colleagues in Congress joined me to pass this law to name this Post Office after Officer Ekpanya so that when Pearland residents visit this Post Office, they will see his name and be reminded of his courage, service and sacrifice,” Rep. Pete Olson said.
Across town along FM 518, a portion of the highway has also been renamed.
A sign has been placed on FM 518 declaring a portion of that road to be the Officer Endy Ekpanya Memorial Highway.
State Rep. Ed Thompson carried HB 938 to create the Officer Endy Ekpanya Memorial Highway along FM 518 between SH 35 and Sunset Meadows Drive in Pearland.
Officer Ekpanya was killed by a drunk driver on June 16, 2016, while responding to a non-emergency call. He was the first officer in Pearland to be killed in the line of duty in over 40 years.