By Edwin Vega
For the Fort Bend Star
Coming from a law enforcement family, David Byrd was destined to follow the same path as his two brothers.
Robert Hill, now deceased, who worked for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, and Carl Byrd Jr, now retired, served the Fairfax County Police Department for 25 years.
Byrd, 65, is a deputy in the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office. Raised in Oxen Hill, Md., he was drafted into the Army after high school and served in the Vietnam War. After he was discharged, he moved to Texas and started his career in law enforcement with the Harris County Sherriff’s Office.
After serving 21 years with HCSO, Byrd worked for the San Antonio Park Police Department for six years. As a park police officer, he was given an award for saving a girl who fell in a river.
“I got a lifesaving award for saving a 17-year-old girl that fell in the river. CPR brought her back to life twice until paramedics got there. I received a ‘thank you’ from her parents and that was really nice,” he said.
He was also involved in another life-threatening situation.
“I responded to an accident where the girl was thrown out of her car. Her head suffered a severe fracture and I was able to keep her head stabilized until paramedics arrived. She made a full recovery,” he said.
Shortly after, Byrd served as chief of police at Brooks Air Force Base. He later returned to the Houston area and joined the constable’s office. With a career that spans 40 years, Byrd has met all his goals in his professional life and is ready for the next step.
“I’ve met all my goals, this is my 41st year in law enforcement,” he said. “My goal was to be a police chief, I was a detective, motorcycle cop and I’ve done it all. Last one is retirement.”
He plans to retire soon. During his spare time, he enjoys relaxing in his RV and driving his Jeep.
“My life when I’m off duty revolves around my RV, driving my Jeep and smoking cigars,” he said.
Byrd said the best part of being in law enforcement is being a role model for the community, especially children.
“I’ve always loved serving the community,” said Byrd. “I enjoy interacting with kids and being a role model to them.”