Mission Police Department Memorial
Officer Humberto Avila
Killed in the Line of Duty October 2, 1974
Officer Humberto Avila was born on September 12, 1936. His
parents were Ignacio Avila Garza and Elvira Avila.
He served with distinction and valor for 6 years on the Mission
Shortly after midnight on October 2, 1974, Officer Humberto Avila
(age 38) accompanied by Harlingen Police Department Dispatcher
Douglas Dodson (age 20) were involved in a helicopter accident,
at the Harlingen Industrial Park, both were killed in the accident.
Officer Fulgencio Velasco III
Killed in the Line of Duty December 16, 1978
Officer Fulgencio Velasco III, was born on August 31, 1952. parents were Fulgencio and Emilia
He served with distinction and valor for 2 months on the Mission Police Department.
At the time of his death on December 16, 1978, he was responding to a disturbance,
which escalated to a confrontation with an armed suspect. Officer Velasco was
struck by gun fire and he died of gun shot wounds suffered during the armed
He was survived by his wife Linda Velasco and one daughter Sandra Velasco, and; three brothers
Hector, Fernando, Carlos, and; three sisters, Counsuelo, Emilia and Rosie.