The 100 Club of Houston selected Liberty County Pct. 5 deputy constables Laci Pierce and Brian Bortz as honorees for this year’s Annual Heroes Awards. The honors, which include the presentation of a firearm and a plaque, were made in late May.
Pierce and Bortz were among the initial law enforcement response following the May 29, 2019, shooting of Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Whitten. The deputy constables are credited with providing lifesaving efforts and keeping Whitten safe until the shooting scene was secure and medical personnel could attend to his injuries.
Whitten was shot in the neck as he tried to apprehend a murder suspect who had already killed two people at a plumbing shop in Cleveland. The murder suspect later killed himself as law enforcement personnel closed in to make his arrest.
In March 2020, Whitten became the shooter’s third victim when he suffered a heart attack during physical therapy.
Pct. 5 Deputy Constable David Hunter said he is continuously proud of his deputy constables as they are both valued members of his team.
“I am honored that they had the training and the skills to be able to perform the duties that saved a fellow officer’s life,” Hunter said. “They were selfless. They risked their own lives to save his. I am very proud of both of them. Their skills as a medic and officer were invaluable to Deputy Whitten that day. Too many times, in this line of work, officers are scrutinized about what we do wrong, but not congratulated for all the things we do right. I’m very proud of all my crew at Pct. 5 for always taking care of our citizens and community, and for exceeding at times like this.”
Hunter said the award presentation would have been much sweeter if they could have accepted it alongside Deputy Whitten.
“We are so saddened that our brother Whitten was not physically standing here with them to receive his award as well but we know he was watching from above. Please pray for his family for their tragic loss. Our brother will be missed but never forgotten,” Hunter said.