Police Chief Acevedo, HPD Commanders to Escort Fallen Sergeant Preston to Athens, Texas

Beginning at 9 a.m. TOMORROW (Saturday, October 31), Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, HPD commanders, and officers will escort the body of fallen Sergeant Harold L. Preston from Texas Southern University to his final resting place in North Athens Cemetery in Athens, Texas.

private burial service will be held at 2 p.m.

Members of the public who want to honor Sergeant Preston are encouraged to find a location along the route to safely do so.  The procession will depart from Texas Southern University parking lot S-1 at 9 a.m.

The route is as follows:  

  • Depart Texas Southern University, 3600 Blodgett Street
  • Blodgett Street (eastbound) to Scott Street
  • Left turn (northbound) onto Scott Street
  • Left turn (northbound) onto Gulf Freeway (South Interstate Highway 45)
  • Left merge (northbound) onto North Freeway (North Interstate Highway 45)
  • Arrive in Spring, Texas- approximately 9:30 a.m.
  • Arrive in The Woodlands, Texas- approximately 9:40 a.m.
  • Arrive in Conroe, Texas- approximately 9:55 a.m.
  • Arrive in Willis, Texas- approximately 10:10 a.m.
  • Arrive in Huntsville, Texas- approximately 10:35 a.m.
  • Arrive in Madisonville, Texas- approximately 11 a.m.
  • Right exit toward State Highway 21 West / U.S. Highway 190
  • Right turn (eastbound) into Buc-ee’s parking lot at 205 North Interstate Highway 45, Madisonville, Texas
Break at Buc-ee’s.
Approximate arrival time is 11 a.m.
Approximate departure time is 11:45 a.m. 

  • Right turn (northbound) onto North Interstate Highway 45 service road
  • Left merge (northbound) onto North Interstate Highway 45
  • Arrive in Buffalo, Texas- approximately 12:20 p.m.
  • Right exit toward North U.S. Highway 79 / West Commerce Street
  • Right turn (northwest) onto North U.S. Highway 79 / West Commerce Street
  • Continue (northbound) on North U.S. Highway 79
  • Exit from North U.S. Highway 79 to East U.S. Highway 84 (eastbound)
  • Arrive in Palestine, Texas- approximately 12:55 p.m.
  • Left turn (northbound) onto West Spring Street (State Highway 19 North / North U.S. Highway 287)
  • Continue northbound on State Highway 19 North past split with North U.S. Highway 287
  • Arrive in Athens, Texas- approximately 1:30 p.m.
  • Left turn (westbound) onto West Ben Belt Drive
Arrive at Trinity College- approximately 1:30 p.m. 

Stage briefly in Trinity Valley Community College Parking Lot
Continue to North Athens Cemetery
  • Depart eastbound on West Ben Belt Dr.
  • Left turn (northbound) onto State Highway 19 North
  • Right turn (eastbound) onto Edmonson Avenue
  • Left turn (northbound) into North Athens Cemetery
  • Arrive at North Athens Cemetery- approximately 2 p.m. 
At the request of Sergeant Preston’s family, the burial services remain private.
WHAT:  Police Chief Acevedo, HPD Commanders to Escort Fallen Sergeant Preston to Athens
DATE:  TOMORROW (Saturday, October 31)
TIME:  Starting at 9 a.m.
WHERE:  Departure from Texas Southern University, 3400 Blodgett Street, S-1 parking lot