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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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    r.i.p. my prayers go out to the family,both families.

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    God bless family, friends, fellow officers.
    Chief D. Whiteley, P.B. Mo.

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    RIP brother, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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    Prayers to his wife and children. It is always so sad to see our state flag at half staff. RIP Brother.

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    God. My heart goes out to his wife, his family and his department.

    Heaven needed another hero, RIP brother.

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    RIP, To many fine LEO's are dying in traffic accidents.

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    RIP brother, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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    RIP Brother.

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    rest in peace brother

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    Rest in Peace officer Ayala, may God grant your family the strength to care on.

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    Rest in Peace Brother. Condolences to the family.

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    Rest in Peace officer Ayala, Prayers go out to his wife and children, parents, friends, Fellow Police officers.
    Thank you for your service
    We will not forget...
    God hold and keep this family

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    Rest in Peace Officer Ayala. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and the Montgomery County PD.

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    My sincere condolences at this tragic loss..DMS

    A gentleman offered this statement
    as they laid my dad to rest,
    "Today your dad's a Hero son,
    and truly nothing less!"

    Into his eyes I peered,
    as the tears rolled gently down.
    My response was kind and simple
    the only words that could be found.

    My dad was an officer
    and a Hero every day.
    He made this world a safer place
    for you and me to stay.

    A Hero who sadly offered
    the news too hard to give.
    A Hero who prevented tragedy,
    allowing us to live.

    A Hero you asked directions from
    when lost or out of town.
    A Hero who aided those in need,
    allowing ease to get around.

    A Hero who returned your child
    when danger threatened near.
    A Hero who protected freedom
    so we'd have less to fear.

    Yes, my dad was a Hero sir,
    which he showed in every way.
    But, today he is a Hero sir,
    because of the price he had to pay.


    Tammi James Kantola

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