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Lieutenant Gary Rice was born in 1950, within Sebastian County (near Fort Smith), Arkansas to Jesse and Dorothy Rice. His father served with the Army Air Corp, and later with the Air Force after its formation in 1947. The Air Force is what brought Rice to Texas in 1957, after his father transferred to Ellington Air Force Base in Houston.
Rice attended school in SE Houston while growing up. Although, he later dropped out of High School, he pursued his GED and later attended San Jacinto College where he earned a Certificate of Technology Degree in Criminal Justice.
He set his sights on Law Enforcement and began his career as a dispatcher for the City of Webster in 1969. In 1970, he attended Academy Class # 1 at the Regional Law Enforcement Training Center (College of the Mainland) in Texas City. Upon graduating from the Academy, he was immediately assigned to Patrol Duties with the City of Webster.
During Rice's tenure with Webster, he became interested in Fire Suppression and Emergency Medical Services. He joined the Webster Fire Department as a Volunteer and achieved the rank of Lieutenant serving in the Search and Rescue Division. With Clear Lake Hospital being a new facility in Webster, Lieutenant Rice was afforded an opportunity to attend the first Emergency Medical Technician class. He continued to work full time with the Police Department and moonlighted as a Fire Fighter and EMT on the side. Lieutanant Rice remained with the City of Webster until 1973 when he accepted an offer to come to work for La Porte.
In 1973, the La Porte EMS was operated out of the Police Department, so Rice's “many hats” became an asset which began a great career with La Porte.
Rice worked general Patrol Duties in La Porte until promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 1979. As a Sergeant, his duties varied from Patrol to Communications and as a Detective assigned to the Harris County Organized Crime and Narcotics Task Force. He remained at the Task Force until promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1999.
As a Lieutenant, he has served as a Patrol Commander for Day, Evening, and Night shifts, has commanded the Criminal Investigation Division, and currently holds the the duties of Day Shift Patrol Commander.
Lieutanant Rice's hobbies surround guns and motorcycles. He enjoys an affiliation with the Texas State Rifle Association, National Rifle Association, Blue Knights (Chapter VII) Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, Texas Masons (Cedar Bayou Lodge # 321) and the La Porte Lion’s Club. He donates his off duty time to fund raising events and admits they are his passion. The annual “Ride For Kids” - benefiting children with brain tumors, The “Texas Honor Ride” - benefiting our wounded soldiers recovering from their injuries at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio and The “Wounded Warriors Weekend” - providing a weekend of fishing and fun for our wounded warriors from numerous military hospitals around the country, are only a few of the fundraisers to which Lt. Rice is proud to annually contribute both his time and financial support.