ABC13 EXCLUSIVE: Fallen HPD sergeant's fiancée speaks 1 day after his death

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ABC13 Houston

Muaj më parë

A day after Houston police Sgt. Harold Preston died while doing a job that he's done for the last 41 years, the woman he was engaged to marry spoke exclusively to ABC13.
Preston's fiancée, Flenda Whitney, remained in shock over the lifelong law enforcement officer's death.
Facts about Preston's life emerged in the immediate aftermath of his death, including that he was on the brink of retirement.
Whitney said he put it off multiple times. He was set to retire last year, but pushed that back in March, then June, and then September.
According to Whitney, he offered a couple of reasons, all tied to the love of his job.
"I knew early on that he was very devoted to the job," she said.
Though it looked as if retirement loomed up until his death, Whitney mentioned Preston had several things he wanted to do after HPD.
"I told him, 'You don't have all the time in the world,'" Whitney said.
In a tragic coincidence, Whitney said Preston had just bought a motorcycle last Friday as a retirement gift to himself.
The couple had known each other since 1985, but it wasn't until five years ago that the two hit it off again.
"He was truly a gentle person," she said. "He had a tremendous amount of respect."
It was the type of respect that was homegrown. Preston had continued to care for his parents, even to this day.
"He felt like he was the only one who should do it, being the only child," Whitney said.
Above it all, though, Whitney remained strong but emotional so soon after her fiancé's death.
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Jude Christenson
Jude Christenson Muaj më parë
First of all, I am so sorry for your loss. My husband died from the pandemic, I also had a son that died and granddaughter. I just want to tell you how beautiful you are, I can tell you’re a Christian by the way you speak, your soft gentle eloquent manner, you guys were blessed to love each other. I will keep you in prayer.
April Shorty
April Shorty Muaj më parë
Such a beautiful and strong woman I'm praying for you and the rest of his family and everyone that this tragedy has affected💗🙏🙏
Helena Straker Phipps
Helena Straker Phipps Muaj më parë
I so sorry for your loss what a gracious lady. May God bless you and see you through your pain.
Holly Harbison
Holly Harbison Muaj më parë
I'm so sorry for your loss!! Praying for you all 🙏🙏🙏
Primo Lopez
Primo Lopez Muaj më parë
RIP Sarge, you"ll be greatly missed, my God you and your entire family
claudia rodriguez
claudia rodriguez Muaj më parë
My brother is a Houston police too, praying for your family God bless you I’m sorry for your loss.
Jaime Perez
Jaime Perez Muaj më parë
I worked with him at Whataburger back in 1988
Ka Ri Na
Ka Ri Na Muaj më parë
11:11-11:17 Beautiful human being❤️
Ka Ri Na
Ka Ri Na Muaj më parë
I was crying since the beginning but at 8:44-8:55 when she said it hit hard in my heart.....is sad that we always think we have the whole time of the world and we don't know what the next second will bring to us....and just to think he will never have a chance to do those things anymore. 😢🙏🕊️❤️
DaBrother JOHNSON
DaBrother JOHNSON Muaj më parë
I'm so sorry for her loss. My concern now after a five-year relationship with MR. Preston, financially she will gain nothing since they never got married. He had one child and she an adult now. His adult daughter will get everything pension, property, 401k, and bank accounts. I don't think this is fair to Mr. Preston Girlfriend. Smgdah.
Nia the Gulf Gypsy
Nia the Gulf Gypsy Muaj më parë
Please Lord, hold this woman and the families involved, be held in Your Love, Your Strength, Your Grace, as they begin the sorrowful journey through this most painful time. Through God we are strengthened, through God we are brought together. RIP Officer Preston. Your name and life will be forever remembered and forever loved.
Lapua 338
Lapua 338 Muaj më parë
This is heart wrenching. God please bless her and his family with peace.
Uncle Randy
Uncle Randy Muaj më parë
Trump supporters love our law enforcement officers
April Shorty
April Shorty Muaj më parë
A great man losing his life has nothing to do with Trump
Katypink 12
Katypink 12 Muaj më parë
why do y'all have to bring politics into everything
Lapua 338
Lapua 338 Muaj më parë
Stop! This is not the time.
Some One
Some One Muaj më parë
May the peace of Jesus Christ cover this woman and his parents. So sad. So very sad. This is why I voted for Trump and will vote for him again. Because black lives do matter. White lives matter. Unborn babies lives matter. All lives matter. And we need law and order to protect those lives. God bless you, Sgt. Preston. And thank you for your service to us. Enjoy the heavenly feast with Jesus. We will miss you, but will meet you there soon.
eccentriclocs
eccentriclocs Muaj më parë
😢 Flenda and Sgt. Preston are such beautiful spirits. I am so sorry for your loss. 💔
Diane Blanks Sanchez
Diane Blanks Sanchez Muaj më parë
I cannot imagine. This is the most dreaded call that loved ones can ever receive. This is the definition of "grace under fire." I very much feel her respect and love for her fallen mate.😍
Angela Johnson
Angela Johnson Muaj më parë
May God continue to Bless his Family and his Friends.
Alisha Gunter
Alisha Gunter Muaj më parë
Praying for her and his family
Yolanda Bradford
Yolanda Bradford Muaj më parë
May God take this woman of God, his mother and father and wrap them in his arms of love 💕, surround them with his GRACE AND HIS MERCY HIS EVERLASTING LOVE, keep them In his saving grace during this hard time
DaBrother JOHNSON
DaBrother JOHNSON Muaj më parë
I'm so sorry for her loss. My concern now after a five-year relationship with MR. Preston, financially she will gain nothing since they never got married. He had one child and she an adult now. His adult daughter will get everything pension, property, 401k, and bank accounts. I don't think this is fair to Mr. Preston Girlfriend. Smgdah.
priority-media or FAMILY SOLACE
priority-media or FAMILY SOLACE Muaj më parë
smiling fiance @0.00 next day priority-media or FAMILY SOLACE Psyop Australia SEES
Judy Thomas
Judy Thomas Muaj më parë
God Bless you 💙 and give you strength in this time😇🙏💪, RIP Officer Preston 💙
Joelene Lamb
Joelene Lamb Muaj më parë
I cried so hard😢 she is a wonderful Women I hope his legacy lives on❤️
Jude Christenson
Jude Christenson Muaj më parë
Incredible
Dusty 1973
Dusty 1973 Muaj më parë
Prayers to his family. Such a man surely is an Angel now watching over us, a protector again on a grand scale. God Bless.
Franceine Gelven
Franceine Gelven Muaj më parë
I am again devistated!!!tears keep coming please accept my deepest deep simpathy. God bless his beautiful soul. And all my simpathy to his fellow police officers and the wounded police officer shine again❣️
Paula Kay
Paula Kay Muaj më parë
As the wife of a police officer, this is my greatest fear. I just feel gutted. This woman is the picture of strength and grace. God Bless her during this time of grief. ❤️
DaBrother JOHNSON
DaBrother JOHNSON Muaj më parë
I'm so sorry for her loss. My concern now after a five-year relationship with MR. Preston, financially she will gain nothing since they never got married. He had one child and she an adult now. His adult daughter will get everything pension, property, 401k, and bank accounts. I don't think this is fair to Mr. Preston Girlfriend. Smgdah.
book.to.frame
book.to.frame Muaj më parë
@They're Distorting Your Rhthym 119 shut the hell up! You don’t know shit about grieving!!!
They're Distorting Your Rhthym 119
They're Distorting Your Rhthym 119 Muaj më parë
Is this an IQ test? Laughing & tearless the next day We didn't fall off a turnip truck
Lavender Greer
Lavender Greer Muaj më parë
Jesus cover the family with grace and comfort during this sad time... RIP Officer Preston
Jude Christenson
Jude Christenson Muaj më parë
Amen!
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