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Hero Down: Madisonville Police Sergeant Hector Camarillo Dies Unexpectedly

Madisonville Police Department Sergeant Hector Camarillo passed away at his home on Sunday.

College Station, TX – Madisonville Police Department (MPD) Sergeant Hector Camarillo died unexpectedly on Sunday.

The 47-year-old sergeant’s body was discovered at his College Station home, the MPD said in a press release on Monday.

“The City of Madisonville, Texas Police Department is mourning the loss of one of its Officers this morning,” the department said. “Veteran Sgt. Hector Camarillo passed away on Sunday April 5th at his home in College Station, Texas.”

An autopsy will be conducted to determine Sgt. Camarillo’s cause of death, KBTX reported.

“We ask for your prayers for his family and his law enforcement family,” the MPD said. “Sgt. Camarillo will be deeply missed.”

In 2013, Sgt. Camarillo was presented with the Star of Texas by then-Governor Rick Perry, The Eagle reported.

The Star of Texas is awarded to first responders who have exhibited extraordinary service, according to the paper.

He was also recognized by the Texas Department of Public Safety for helping to save the life of a Madisonville resident in 2017, The Eagle reported.

Madisonville Police Chief Herbert Gilbert said that if he were to choose one word to describe Sgt. Camarillo, that word would have to be “loyal,” according to KBTX.

“He was a loyal employee and he was a loyal human being,” Chief Gilbert said “One of a kind.”

On Tuesday, law enforcement officers from multiple jurisdictions stood at attention as Sgt. Camarillo’s body arrived at a funeral home in Bryan, KBTX reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Madisonville Police Department Sergeant Hector Camarillo, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Holly Matkin - April Fri, 2020


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