Decorated MPD officer dies at home Sunday

Posted 4/8/20

Madisonville Police Department Veteran Sgt. Hector Camarillo passed away Sunday at the age of 47, MPD announced in a Facebook post Monday morning.

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Decorated MPD officer dies at home Sunday

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Madisonville Police Department Veteran Sgt. Hector Camarillo passed away Sunday at the age of 47, MPD announced in a Facebook post Monday morning.

“There is probably one word that can describe Sgt. Camarillo, and that’s loyalty,” said MPD Chief Herbert Gilbert. “He was a very loyal person, not just a loyal officer. Everyone in this community loved him and he is going to be thoroughly missed around here.”

Camarillo served as a law enforcement officer in Madison County for over 20 years. He served with MPD from 2000-08 and again from 2012-20. He also served as a Deputy for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office from 2008-12.

He was discovered by family in his College Station residence around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The official cause of death had not been released at the time of this writing.

In 2013, Camarillo was honored by former Texas Governor Rick Perry with the Star of Texas Award after he was critically injured when a large pickup truck struck his patrol car while on duty for MCSO in 2010.

Former MPD Assistant Chief Jonathan Zitzmann, who was Camarillo’s Lieutenant at the time and nominated him for the honor, was quoted in a 2013 Meteor story covering the award:

“Not only do I believe (Camarillo) is worthy of a fine award like this due to the serious injury he received in the line of duty, but because he returned to law enforcement caring even more, trying even harder and giving everything he has to benefit the department and its future.”

In 2017, Camarillo received the Life Saving Award in Austin along with Lucas Cunningham of MPD and Trooper Justin Reese. The three were instrumental in saving the life of a Madisonville citizen.

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