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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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  • Pug_max600_max50


    about 5 years ago


    RIP Brother. We must give back to those who give it all. National Police Week in May. A tribute to those that will be never forgotten. LODD (Line of duty deaths). God bless and keep you in Eternal Peace.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    May you rest in peace,others whom you now share eternal life with will greet you as the HERO YOU ARE!

    A POEM by Unknown Author:

    My daddy was a cop,
    He was the best and on top,
    He gave his all,
    So others can live in Awe
    He died doing what he knew best
    allowing others to live and rest
    Daddy you helped others who knew you not
    But in the end remembered you alot
    A hero I had
    That was my DAD

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    The Maryland Transportation Authority Police Retirees' extend our sincerest sympathies to his family, and coworkers.

    He is truly a HERO, he gave the ultimate sacrifice so our citizens could enjoy a free and safe life, knowing he was on the job!

    Rest in Peace !

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    RIP brother

  • Advance_seal_max50


    about 5 years ago


    RIP Brother

  • Mer_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Donations to the Ayala Family may be made to the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Officers' Relief Fund (MCLEORF). Checks should be made payable to MCLEORF. Please list "Ayala Family" in the memo line of the check. Send to: MCLEORF
    c/o: FOP Lodge 35
    1812 Office Park Drive
    Montgomery Village, MD 20886
    THANK YOU!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    R.I.P Brother

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    May God bless you and keep you. Rest easy, brother, we have the watch. God bless and keep your wife and children in His comforting arms.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    Wow that is awful leaving a wife and then to add insult to injury she will be forced to raise them with out their dad to the widow congrats I hope the babies are happy and healthy and to that end most of all sorry for your loss may he RIP

  • Gcpoms_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Gone, but not forgotten.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago

    R.I.P Brother You Shall Never Walk Alone Now

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago


    It's hard to imagine anything worse than this happening to a family. RIP Officer Ayala. My condolences to the Ayala family.

  • Mourning_badge_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Rest in Peace Officer Hector Ayala. may God bless and keep your wife and children. My Prayers for peace and understanding for your family, friends and coworkers.

  • Back_of_gn_2_max50


    about 5 years ago


    Man, what a tragedy!! Lord, please be with his family, friends and colleagues as they deal with with this horrific event. Go in peace Brother Ayala, and God bless you !

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    about 5 years ago

    Rest in Peace, brother. My prayers to your wife and children, God Bless you all.

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