Euless Police Officer Dies After Heart Attack

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Officer Richard Wong with the Euless Police Department died after suffering an apparent heart attack on November 21, 2011. (credit: Euless Police Department)

EULESS (CBSDFW.COM) – An officer with the Euless Police Department died Monday night after having an apparent heart attack. Officer Richard Wong had been the resource officer at Trinity High School in Euless for many years.

Wong was playing racquetball at a Hurst recreation center when he had the heart attack, said Sgt. Gary Landers with the Euless Police Department. He was transported to a local hospital, but could not be revived.

Parents, students and school officials said that Wong was well-liked and respected within the school community. Students organized an impromptu candlelight vigil at Trinity High School late Monday night. Dozens of people came out to pay their respects.

Judy Ramos, a spokeswoman for the school, said that counselors will be on hand for the students on Tuesday, if anyone would like to talk about the officer’s death. Tuesday is the last day for students at Trinity High School before they leave for the Thanksgiving holiday.

“We are saddened by this loss,” Ramos said. “He was very popular with the students, and that’s important to have someone they can trust in. This is a tragic loss for the district.”

  • Mike

    R.I.P. Officer Wong! We love and we will never forget you. You were always good to us and you taught us alot about life.

  • K.nokz

    OFFICER WONG! You will always be in our hearts. You will not be forgotten, you were the BEST officer we had. R.I.P. Officer Richard Wong

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  • Bhavin P

    R.I.P Officer Wong! Trinity won’t be the same without you :( You always knew how to cheer us up too.

  • Jennefer Long

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Officer Wong’s family. Officer Wong made a huge impact on the student’s at Trinity including my son. He will be missed by many in the community.

  • Randy Ashford

    Officer Wong was one of the biggest mentors and he impacted my life on a grand scale. I was at the vigil last night and was amazed at how many people came to that last-minute gathering. More than just dozens. More about 200-300 students/alumni. I already miss the guy. Officer Wong was a guardian of Trinity High School. Now he’s the guardian angel of Trinity High School.

  • Erica Polo

    As alumni from class of 2001, I found out about Officer Wong’s departure early this morning from a friend. I am heartbroken. He wasn’t just a protector of the school; he was my mentor and my friend. I went back there a few years back to see him and Mr. Clark. The minute I was recognized, I turned to see them both smiling. Almost ten years and they still remembered me. As I told my friend, “We have every memory of Officer Wong laughing because WE made him laugh. Just like HE made us smile.” Every day was filled with light because of him. It’s so disheartening to learn of his passing, but I also know he lived a great life. God took one of His best and I’m jealous. We’ll forever miss Richard Wong, but also know his light will forever shine in the halls and on campus of Trinity High School. Salutations, regards, and love to his family. Always and forever, we love you.

    • Andrew Murphy

      i couldn’t have said it better Erica and he was never not smiling. I just saw him too at the bell vs. trinity game and it was like i was still a student at trinity, he recognized and came right up to me to talk to my son and me, he was a truly great man

      • Erica Polo

        Sherry & I are going tonight to the candle light vigil…making shirts and paying our respects to a man that’s truly worthy for the years of his service not just as a police officer, but as a role model. So good to see the word spreading quickly. Despite the deep sadness we all feel, it’s good to see so many react and unite as one. I hope to see you again soon Andy!

  • Tiffany Mehiar

    RIP Officer Wong. You will be missed, it’s amazing how many new and old from Trinity High school loved you so much.

    ~ Tiffany Class of ’05.

  • Darla (Jordan) Kittrell

    Rest in Peace Richard. I am praying for your family. You brightened and touched the lives of so many of our children. It was an honor and a pleaseure working with you so many years ago and seeing you again last week. You will be greatly missed not only by the students and faculty at Trinity, but by your co-workers, friends and family. Thank you for all of your years of service to our kids and community.

  • Andrew Murphy

    what time is it really want to be there

  • Erica Polo

    Sherry is finding out. She’s gonna text me the time. Get my # from Jessenia and text me so I can let you know the time! I think it’d be cool to see everyone again…especially for THIS reason. Our whole group was sooo close to him. I think we all felt privileged.

  • sh

    as a alumni from class 2001 to 2005 rip officer wong thanks for eveirything you serve in trinity higt shool many yrs i i can believe you dead i am always rembember went you talk to me an my friend at cafeteria yor so great officer i am always remberbe that we will neva forget you

  • Bethany Braden

    RIP Officer Wong- you will be missed…. your passing was tragic untimely and you will never be forgotten. Trinity wouldn’t have been the same without you! You have touched so many young lives, including mine. You were crazy cool. Prayers go out to your family this holiday season in this difficult time.

  • Erica Polo

    Tonight at 7:45 is another candlelight vigil and his (Officer Richard Wong) service will be held at the auditorium at 1pm Friday!! Hope to see all those who’s lives he’s touched.

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