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Officer Killed in Crash, Wife Expecting Triplets

Officer Killed in Crash, Wife Expecting Triplets

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Washington Post via YellowBrix

April 05, 2010

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MD – A Montgomery County police officer whose wife is pregnant with triplets was killed Sunday when his police car ran off the road and struck a tree in Wheaton, officers said Sunday night.

Hector Ayala, 31, was responding to a call from another officer who needed assistance at the scene of a fight, a department spokesman said. Ayala was driving west on Randolph Road about 2:20 a.m. when his 2003 Ford Crown Victoria left the road and slammed into a tree.

“He was a great friend, a great police officer, a great husband. He was definitely everything rolled into one human being,” said Officer Philip Meyer, who met Ayala at the Montgomery police academy seven years ago and recently worked on the same shift.

Police released little information about the crash, saying that many of the details, such as whether Ayala was wearing a seat belt, were under investigation.

Fluent in Spanish, Ayala was invaluable working the midnight shift in the Wheaton district, where many residents speak only Spanish. He regularly was called by other officers to help interpret.

Ayala’s parents were from Puerto Rico, said Meyer and another colleague, Alex Miranda. Ayala grew up in New Jersey, where he met his wife, the two officers said.

Ayala’s wife gave birth to their first child, a son, 14 months ago. “He’s walking around, a ball of energy,” Meyer said.

Ayala was always buying tiny toy cars and trucks for his son, his friends said. The officer liked working on real cars in his spare time.

After finding out his wife was pregnant with triplets, Ayala seemed ready for the challenges. “He was ecstatic about it,” said Miranda, who had been tapped to be a godfather to one of the children.

The triplets are due in June. Ayala’s colleagues told his wife about the crash Sunday morning.

At the police academy seven years ago, Ayala taught classmates how to box, and he later took them to Atlantic City to see pro fights. He took an intellectual approach to policing and talked about possibly joining the FBI.

He spent his entire Montgomery career in the Wheaton district, his friends said. He particularly enjoyed working “midnights,” in which officers work from 8:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., often responding to events as they’re happening.

“He felt like he could make more of a difference,” Meyer said.

Even in the middle of the night, it wasn’t uncommon for Ayala to hear from his wife.

“She always called Hector to check on him,” Miranda said.

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  • Sfa_iv_max50


    almost 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace & may God bless you, your family and co-workers.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 4 years ago


    r.i.p. is there an account set up for the wife and children?her and her family and the leos are in my prayers.

  • Fallenherobadge-3-1_max50_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God Bless Leo Ayala and his family.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace officer Ayala. You have given the ultimate for the profession you loved. Prayers, peace, comfort and healing to your family. God bless the triplets that will one day know their dad died a hero.

  • Car6_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P., prayers to family and friends.

  • 101_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace Brother. The Lord will look after your family.

  • Absolutelawenf_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace. This is a tragedy that police should keep in their minds every time they respond to a call for help, whether from the public or a fellow officer. I was as guilty as everyone else when responding to an emergency call, feeling the need to get to the call “right now”. This was especially true when it was a fellow officer needing the help. By simple luck I never had an accident. This was not the case with a Deputy I worked with, and it cost him his life. If we slow down just a little we lessen the chance of being in a wreck, allowing us to make it to the call and help whoever was requesting our assistance. These horrible incidents affect our loved ones and our fellow officers. So, please slow down a little and hopefully we can prevent anymore of these tragedy’s.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace....May God help this family through this loss.

  • Enoughisenough_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P boricua

  • 4a43d2b5_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace Brother

  • Image0001_max50


    over 4 years ago


    May he rest in peace and may his friends and family be blessed as well. This happened within 30 minutes of my house...

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Let your LOVE shine down from HEAVEN on the Ayala family...Help them to understand as they walk thru the valley of the shadow of are with them every step of the way. R I P Officer Ayala

  • Pr_photos_018_cropped_suit_shot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    God, PLEASE heal the hurt resulting from the loss of this officer. Somehow, some way, let those affected feel your loving arms around them during this very difficult time. And as the days go by, may you fill the void left by his departure. Give strength to the weak, and hope to the hopeless. Amen.

  • Meangreen01_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in peace brother.

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