HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston police officer injured in a police helicopter crash that killed another officer was in serious condition Sunday at Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center, according to spokesperson Natasha Barrett.
Chase Cormier, 35, was upgraded from critical condition following surgery after the early Saturday morning crash that police said caused fatal injuries to Officer Jason Knox, 35, the son of Houston City Council Member Mike Knox.
Mike Knox, in a statement released Sunday, expressed gratitude for support he said his family had received from the city.
“We celebrate all Jason embodied as a committed HPD officer and pilot who fully embraced his job and we celebrate Jason as he was outside of his work — a devoted husband, a loving father and our only son whom we cherished every day,” Knox wrote.
“We appreciate the privacy you have given us and continue to provide as we walk this road we would never wish for anyone, but that we now accept as ours,” according to the statement.