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Remembering HPD Sgt. Harold Preston | Memorial service will be held Thursday

Houston police request those wishing to honor Sgt. Preston to watch the funeral service online or on TV.

HOUSTON — A memorial service to celebrate the life of Houston police Sgt. Harold Preston will be held on Thursday, HPD Chief Art Acevedo said.

The memorial service will be held at Grace Church at 14505 Gulf Freeway.

It will be preceded by a public visitation on Wednesday at Texas Southern University's Granville Sawyer Auditorium at 3100 Cleburne Street.

Following is information on the visitation, the funeral service and private burial service provided by the Houston Police Department:

Public visitation

The visitation will take place on Wednesday (October 28) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Texas Southern University, Granville Sawyer Auditorium, 3100 Cleburne Street. 

Sergeant Preston's family has advised the public is welcome. However, all attendees are asked to observe COVID-19 protocols and social distancing measures.  

Further details on the escort of Sergeant Preston's body, including the route and anticipated arrival time, will be provided once finalized. 

Funeral service

The funeral service will take place Thursday  at 11 a.m. at Grace Church Houston at 14505 Gulf Freeway (South Interstate Highway 45). 

Due to COVID-19 protocols, we ask that the funeral service be reserved for family, friends, HPD staff, and those who knew Sergeant Preston. 

Following the funeral service, full police honors will be rendered outside the church with social distancing protocols in place.

Members of the public who wish to honor Sergeant Preston are strongly encouraged to attend Wednesday's visitation and watch the Thursday services via local news or social media.

Private burial

Sergeant Preston's family has asked the subsequent burial services on Saturday (October 31) in Athens, Texas, remain private.

Sgt. Preston's death

Sgt. Preston died Tuesday after he was wounded in a shootout during a domestic violence call.

HPD Officer Courtney Waller was also shot during the incident. Waller underwent a successful surgery Thursday.

A Wall of Honor and a procession from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to the Lockwood Funeral Home in north Houston wound its way through the city on Friday.