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Former HPD officer loses life in bike accident

By Diane Cosgrove
Anvil Herald Staff

San Antonio Park Police Officer Douglas Rivers was killed Saturday afternoon when he collided with a tree in an off-duty accident. His body was found by a passerby.

Prior to working with the SAPPO, Rivers worked with Hondo Police. He began his service to the citizens of Hondo as a patrolman, rising to the rank of lieutenant after about 20 years on the force.

Well-liked by many in the community, Rivers was elected to Hondo City Council, Place 2, in a special election held in 2000 to fill the unexpired term of Ed Stiteler, then reelected in 2001 and 2003.

The veteran police officer had been riding his bicycle in a San Antonio park off Seguin Road when he reportedly lost control of the bicycle on a path which sloped and curved. It is unknown whether he was wearing a helmet while riding or what caused the experienced bicyclist to veer into the tree.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office released the cause of death as a cranio-cerebral hemorrhage and noted that he had an enlarged heart. A representative from the BCMEO said the death has been ruled an accident, but added that it is still an open case.

SA Park Police Sgt. Ruben Garcia said of Rivers,

“He was very well-liked and respected. This is very surreal; I was just talking to him the other day. He will be missed.”

Rivers leaves behind three daughters. See page 6A for service information.


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