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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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  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    RIP, Your family is in my prayers....

  • Delicate_arch_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace brother. May your wife and children be blessed in this time of saddness.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    May you rest in peace, brother. May God be with your family and friends.

  • Me_max50


    over 4 years ago


    R.I.P. and Ma y God be with your family and loved ones on this day of need and any others to come.

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 4 years ago


    In Christian history, we know that in the heavens, God the Father asked "Whom shall I send?" Answering the call while knowing what will one day come to pass, the one who we have come to know as His Son, even Jesus Christ answered, "Here am I, send me." In a day that started out as any other day and as we all do, Officer Hector Ayala pinned on his badge and said, "Here am I, send me" and answered the call to serve.

    Officer Ayala, May you rest in peace knowing that we have the watch now. May your family and friends be comforted knowing that you are now in the Lord's service and keeping watch over all of us and that in the coming day, they will see you again. May your son and your three little ones who have not yet arrived, come to know the wise man that you were and grow to be like you. Til that great day when you shall see their faces again, WE WISH YOU GOD SPEED.


  • 3starsnasun_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace, brother. My prayers to your wife and children

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Wee never know why calls us home when he does. I know that this officers wife will be well caried for by the families and the officers of the police department. May God watch over her and her child and the children she is carrying. May he bless the officers and keep them safe. My prayers are with them all.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    so sad for the family friends and coworkers

  • Img00009_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Very sad very tragic, my heart breaks for the wife and three on the way. RIP sir

  • Img00177_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace, brother. Thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God bless you.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Rest in Peace brother, my thoughts and prayers for your family, friends and co-workers.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    RIP Off. Ayala.Sadly you have been taken from this earth way too soon. May God watch over your family and protect them.

  • -paxp-deijejanuary2012bingoforhomelessfamiliesutahcyberslutsorg_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Rest In Peace. Wishing the best for your family and coworkers during this difficult time

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    RIP my brother. Prayers are with your family.

  • Larry_phone_4-16_087_max50


    over 4 years ago


    awful situation... my prayers go out to the family. keep your chin up!

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