Liberty County sheriff’s Captain Ken DeFoor was recently recognized for his 40-year membership in the Airborne Public Safety Association. The recognition was given to Captain DeFoor by Airbeat Magazine. His law enforcement career began in 1958 with the Houston Police Department. In 1977 he was chosen to lead the department’s Helicopter Division. Captain DeFoor also helped create the Scuba Squad Diving Team while a member of the department. He retired from HPD in 1984. Since his retirement, he has maintained a presence in law enforcement. He has spent time as the Dayton Chief of Police, the bodyguard for the President of Exxon. He has also served as the Chief Deputy to the Liberty County Sheriff twice. Currently, Captain Ken DeFoor is the commander of the Reserve Deputy Program and the Honor Guard. He is heard of the Aviation unit at the Sheriff’s Office. Captain DeFoor also leads the Sheriff’s Pose and serves as the liaison between Texas Equusearch. He also is the Public Information Officer for the agency. Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader, in a Facebook post, said The Liberty County Sheriff’s office is very lucky to have a man like Captain Ken DeFoor. The Sheriff also said Captain DeFoor is not afraid to take the lead and get things done. Captain Ken DeFoor will be awarded for his service to the Airborne Public Safety Association at a ceremony later this summer.
As a footnote to this report: many have heard of the tragic crash of a Houston P. D. helicopter Saturday Morning. Houston police officer Jason Knox, the man who died in that crash, was a long time friend of Captain Defoor. The other HPD officer, the pilot, was critically injured. He is the son of another HPD officer who was a long tome friend of Ken’s. Our sympathies go out to Ken Defoor and all the men and women in blue who have lost one brother and seen another injured so badly in that weekend crash in Houston.