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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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    s3sk

    over 4 years ago

    3308 Comments

    RIP.

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    T_9

    over 4 years ago

    5668 Comments

    Rest in peace brother. Be the guardian angels for all your babies.

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    Omarra67

    over 4 years ago

    2284 Comments

    How very sad. May this good man live on in his children.

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    APD497

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    Wanted to post department info and Benefit Fund info from odmp.org I hope you feel led to give as I have. Ms. Ayala God Bless You and I hope you can find peace in this traggic time! Men and Women of Montgomery County Police and surrounding agencies I know you will be there for Ms. Ayala. We recently went through this in December with a neighboring department. As a community everyone was able to give and made it possible to pay off the mortgage left behind for the officers wife and children. I hope the community steps it up to help out as well. Thoughts and Prayers!
    Montgomery County Police Department
    2350 Research Boulevard
    Rockville, MD 20850
    Phone: (240) 773-5200

    Please contact the Montgomery County Police Department for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

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    bsears

    over 4 years ago

    9566 Comments

    RIP

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    RIP, THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS

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    BigNTS

    over 4 years ago

    6818 Comments

    Always tragic when we lose a brother. The tragedy is compounded because three children will not know their father. R.I.P. Officer Ayala.

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    Chief171

    over 4 years ago

    3192 Comments

    RIP Officer Ayala.......

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    hags

    over 4 years ago

    12 Comments

    RIP Officer Ayala

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    Tetra021

    over 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    RIP Officer Ayala

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    copper5817

    over 4 years ago

    892 Comments

    RIP Brother, we have the watch.

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    Jonas

    over 4 years ago

    42212 Comments

    Rest In Peace Officer Ayala. My prayers for all family and friends.

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    dolphinblue

    over 4 years ago

    42980 Comments

    R.I.P. Officer Ayala....God bless and keep your wife and unborn triplets strong through this difficult time.

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    Chris_Cosgriff

    over 4 years ago

    1052 Comments

    RIP Brother

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    FireDad

    over 4 years ago

    7352 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Hector Ayala.. May God Bless your family. May God give your wife strength and comfort in this difficult time..

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