'Heart of gold' | Remembering HCSO Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal

Deputy Dhaliwal, a 10-year veteran, was shot during a traffic stop and later died at a hospital.

The Harris County Sheriff deputy who was shot during a traffic stop and later died Friday was a 10-year veteran with a "heart of gold."

Sandeep Dhaliwal was shot in the 14000 block of Willancy Court at West Road on Friday, near Highway 6 and the Northwest Freeway. Dhaliwal was transported by Life Flight to Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, where he later died at the hospital, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said.

“He was a hero, a respected member of the community and a trailblazer,” Gonzalez said.

Dhaliwal was in his early 40s, married and a father of three.

Gonzalez said Dhaliwal was a well-liked and respected deputy who was a leader with the department.

“For me, personally, I’m heartbroken because he’s a personal friend of mine,” Gonzalez said.

Deputy Dhaliwal, the first member of the Sikh community to become a Harris County Sheriff deputy, left a legacy of giving, Sheriff Gonzalez said.

“He represented his community with integrity, respect and pride,” Gonzalez added. “He was respected by all.”...

...Garcia recruited Deputy Dhaliwal to the sheriff’s office. Garcia called Dhaliwal a “consummate public servant you’d want and expect to see in uniform.”

“He had a heart of gold...He treated his brothers and sisters in law enforcement as brothers and sisters; he thought of them before he thought of himself,” Garcia said. “He thought of the broader community before he thought of himself.”...

...“He was just a solid man, a pillar of the community and as good as gold,” said Sgt. David Cuevas, president of the Harris County Deputy Organization.

When another deputy’s family in Puerto Rico needed help after Hurricane Maria, Deputy Dhaliwal volunteered. He traveled there with others to personally deliver relief.

One year after Hurricane Harvey, Deputy Dhaliwal brought in volunteers from California and an 18-wheeler loaded with a million dollars' worth of supplies to assist colleagues and neighbors who lost homes.

Even at home, Deputy Dhaliwal served and cared for his mom who recently died of cancer, friends said...

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