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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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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    This is without a doubt an extremly tragic event. I am saddened to hear of this. My thoughts and prayers are forever with you, your wife, and your children. My the forever remember how amazing of a father they had, and what he accomplished and stood for. There needs to be some type of a found to assist this grief stricken family through this difficult time other than the department benifits.

    May god guide you and protect your family. R.I.P. Brother

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    7yt43tquma

    over 4 years ago

    7202 Comments

    Very sad........so tragic. RIP...........yup, there really are tears in heaven.

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    Dan810

    over 4 years ago

    40 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Katz

    over 4 years ago

    8260 Comments

    This is so sad. Three babies he will not see and 4 left without a Dad. Just rips my heart out! Prayers to his family and all his friends. I hope someone sets up a fund for them. I am sure if the right news media gets this story, there will be much help. Rest In Peace Officer Hector Ayala, you will be missed.

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    ajsdaddyBPD

    over 4 years ago

    3080 Comments

    RIP

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Wow this story is a true bummer and sooo sad, three babies without a dad. RIP Officer and my condolences to the widow, babies yet born, family, friends and colleagues of this fine officer. These little babies will have a sad but proud memory of a dad they never knew who gave his life to help other people :(

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    Inxorte

    over 4 years ago

    734 Comments

    RIP B

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    blucas80

    over 4 years ago

    1002 Comments

    Terrible story...Rest in Peace brother!!!

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    fernandez

    over 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    Terrible.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Wow this is terrible! I hope everything goes well for her and best wishes!

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    Eilene

    over 4 years ago

    18372 Comments

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Office Hector Ayala, and his brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. May he rest in peace.

    My prayers also go out to the Officers I know personally from Montgomery County, Gaithersburg Police, Prince George's County, Howard County, and Frederick County, Maryland. May God and Saint Michael watch over all of you, and please be safe.


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    MercedesPinon

    over 4 years ago

    4 Comments

    My condolences to Officer Ayala's family. This is really heartbreaking. I hope his wife and kids get the best support possible. My prayers are with them.God bless you all.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    this is tragic, i can't imagine what the family is going threw. Rip, he died serving the public.

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    36TR

    over 4 years ago

    7620 Comments

    RIP, Brother!!!

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    skascooter007

    over 4 years ago

    2010 Comments

    RIP

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