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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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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23296 Comments

    R.I.P. This is so sad. Why do things like this happen?

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    NYPDALT

    over 4 years ago

    3130 Comments

    Oh my... how terrible. RIP Officer. God Bless you family. May your wife find the strength.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    R.I.P. Hermano.
    God Bless the Family.

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    chrissanders

    over 4 years ago

    5232 Comments

    Very sad. RIP Officer Ayala.

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    ethan2010

    over 4 years ago

    52 Comments

    we have been getting way too many of these notices. it's already been a long year.

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    FutureLawMan83

    over 4 years ago

    560 Comments

    How sad, I hope those babies grow up to know their dad was a hero. RIP.

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    kaalima

    over 4 years ago

    1748 Comments

    Truly a great lost, may God's grace be with the family !!

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    LakewoodSgt19

    over 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P Brother Hector.

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    justin_1250

    over 4 years ago

    150 Comments

    R.I.P. sad to see somting like this happen once again!!

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    buck

    over 4 years ago

    1290 Comments

    May God open up in arms and take you into his glorious kingdom and forever watch over your wife and children and friends. God Bless you and thank you for your service.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    R.I.P.

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    boritico

    over 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    I hate to see another Officer gone but his community is better off for the service he provided. Rest In Peace sir and Thank You!

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    LoraApking

    over 4 years ago

    1352 Comments

    Such a sad story....hope they can get a fund together for his wife and family

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    SULLYMAN

    over 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Very sad...Rest in Peace brother.

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