The Harris County Sheriff’s Office honored one of their fallen deputies, as well as 23 canine crime fighting deputies at a special ceremony held at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Academy in Humble.
Family and friends were on hand July 11 to witness the dedication of the Deputy Ron Hoyt K-9 Obstacle Training Course at the academy, 2316 Atascocita Road.
From 2001 to 2012, deputy Ron Hoyt trained every dog that came to the HCSO. In June 2012, Hoyt, 51 and only a few months from retirement from law enforcement, died in his sleep of a heart attack.
“He would be proud and extremely honored to know that his determination, dedication and the hard work he’d done for the K-9 Division are well recognized,” said wife Suwicha Hoyt, who cut the ribbon on the new training facility. “Canines were his passion and his life. The K-9 training facility sounds good, but the deputy Ron Hoyt K-9 Training Facility? It just doesn’t get any better than that. This will allow his spirit to live on through the K-9 Division.”
The training course was constructed off-premise by Harris County jail inmates.
Inmates worked on the project within the jail between January and May 2013, with each piece transported to the training academy.