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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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    bear772

    over 4 years ago

    76 Comments

    Very sad. RIP Brother Ayala. Our thouts and prayers are with you.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Tragic. My prayers are with his family and friends. RIP

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    wiseass0282

    over 4 years ago

    10982 Comments

    RIP Brother Ayala, you and your family are in my prayers.

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    ssciaretta

    over 4 years ago

    258 Comments

    Truly a tragedy, may god bless Officer Ayala family, comrades and friends. R.I.P. brother.....

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    djs2v

    over 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP

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    KE20

    over 4 years ago

    176 Comments

    I pray his stregnth and courage are passed to his children and wife to help them get thru this tragic time. God bless you, friends and family....mine will be adding you to our prayers. Rest in Peace Officer Ayala, thank you for your service.

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    CAZ

    over 4 years ago

    1428 Comments

    RIP Sir You will not be forgotten. My prayers go out to your famliy, friends, department and community. Thank you for your service.

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    Talon

    over 4 years ago

    638 Comments

    RIP, brother ...

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    MPLaFountain

    over 4 years ago

    282 Comments

    This is really sad. Rest in peace brother. Hopefully the family will be able to cope and will be financially alright.

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    WACollector

    over 4 years ago

    764 Comments

    Rest In Peace, Brother.

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    pinkangel29

    over 4 years ago

    10014 Comments

    RIP OFFICER AYALA, MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYER'S ARE WITH FAMILY, CO-WORKERS, AND FRIENDS! ~Katrina

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    dpddunbar

    over 4 years ago

    786 Comments

    This story is incredibly sad... RIP Officer Ayala. God be with your family and friends, help them through this. Farewell brother, we have the watch now

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    JP503

    over 4 years ago

    7616 Comments

    RIP Officer Ayala

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    clearforcode7

    over 4 years ago

    394 Comments

    RIP Officer Ayala and our deepest thoughts and sorrows to his family and department.

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    LAWMANTUKES

    over 4 years ago

    6976 Comments

    This is so heartbreaking.... I for one am deeply sadden.... I will pray for this young warrior and his family, who must some how find the strength to continuue on without him... I hope and pray for quick healing... I ask that all who believe in our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST will do the same...

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