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‘He had guts’: Family, friends say goodbye to HCSO Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez as he lays to rest  

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Funeral services were held Friday for Harris County Sheriff Sgt. Ramon Gutierrez, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash involving a suspected drunk driver on Jan. 24.

The homegoing ceremony was held at The Woodlands Church, located at 1 Fellowship Drive, in The Woodlands.

In a speech, Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said his commitment to public service was shown everywhere he went. He added he brought comfort to the Spanish-speaking community “on a deeper level.”

“[Gutierrez] not only set the bar high on arrests on drunk drivers, but he also was a leader, and a motivator of his team,” he said. “He had a strong commitment to remove drunk drivers from our roadways. He was committed, yet his life was cut short by an unfathomable moment.”

Gonzalez said his siblings told him he dreamed of becoming a cop, as he would play one as a kid.

“During training, he was given a nickname, ‘Guts.’ He was tough and resilient,” Gonzalez said. “He refused to quit. He had guts. Nothing could have ever stopped him.”

Major Susan Cotter, who supervised Gutierrez in the Vehicular Crimes Division, said in her speech she would rather call him a friend than his supervisor.

“I take the word ‘supervisor’ lightly, because he didn’t need much supervision,” she said. “You could call him anytime, night or day, and he was always ready to roll.”

Sgt. Gutierrez was taken to his final resting place at Klein Memorial Park, located at 9714 FM 2920 in Tomball.

Sgt. Gutierrez served in HCSO’s Vehicular Crimes Division for the last 13 years, according to Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. He said he was a “true professional” that was “loved by many” who left behind a wife, daughter, and two sons.

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