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Wednesday Mayor Turner honored all city of Houston employees who died of COVID-19. 

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Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announced this morning a Houston police officer has been killed.

That officer, whose name has not been released, died after he and another officer crashed in one of the department’s helicopters this morning.

Chief Acevedo says the helicopter known as ’75 Fox’ went down around 2 a.m. near Greenspoint Bayou.

Witnesses say they saw helicopter crash while in autorotation in 10700 block of Imperial Valley near an apartment complex.

One of the officers was transported to Hermann Memorial where he later died.

That officer (the tactical flight officer) is survived by his wife and two young children.

The pilot of the helicopter is undergoing surgery as of 6 a.m.

Acevedo says we have lost a really good man.

The NTSB and the FAA will conduct an investigation into the crash.

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Mattress Mack and Kroger are together reaching out to share a message with Houstonians in support of their mission to feed thousands of housebound Houston seniors.

Last month, Mattress Mack, Joe Kelley of Kroger, and Mayor Sylvester Turner announced their partnership to feed over 10,000 local seniors in need,” said Joe Kelley. As of April 16, Kroger has delivered over $350,000 of groceries to Gallery Furniture which with the help of volunteers, have been distributed to those in need.

This is where they are asking Houstonians to step in – Mattress Mack need your help. He is requesting volunteers on Sat., April 18 from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. to help deliver groceries to seniors. Volunteers can drive up with their trunk open and Gallery Furniture will load with bags of groceries. Volunteers will receive a list of addresses located within a single zip code to deliver to seniors’ doorstep.

“The stories that I have heard from seniors seeking food have been heartbreaking,” said Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale.  “With Kroger’s partnership and the generosity of the Houston community, we will be able to make sure that every senior receives food.”

Kroger shoppers can continue to donate non-perishable food at any Houston area Kroger store or at Gallery Furniture 6006 N. Freeway or Gallery Furniture Grand Parkway every day from 8am-10pm. Gallery Furniture is also accepting donations of cleaning supplies and toiletries.

“The response from the Houston community has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are thankful that we have the means to make an impact at such a critical time,” said Joe Kelley. While many people can make a weekly trip to the grocery store, this specific group of individuals cannot. We want to make sure that our seniors are taken care of by ensuring they are fed and their pantries are full.”

Mattress Mack and Joe Kelley, president of Kroger Houston, are hosting a press conference today at 3 p.m. at the Gallery Furniture North Freeway location to highlight their efforts to fight hunger in the Houston community. Media are encouraged to attend to capture interviews and video.