Those who worked with David Fitzpatrick said he had a good sense of humor, but he knew when to use it and when not to.
Fitzpatrick, a longtime member of The Colony Police Department, died Monday at the age of 59. Fitzpatrick had a heart attack at work June 7 after he had been working out, according to The Colony Police Department.
Fitzpatrick worked for the department for 28 years and was TCPD’s most senior police officer.
Fitzpatrick joined The Colony Police Department in July of 1991. While with TCPD Fitzpatrick served a variety of roles. He was a patrol officer and served on the SWAT entry team. He was a school resource officer, a field training officer, undercover narcotics and a patrol sergeant. He later moved to internal affairs and was a community resource sergeant.
Police Chief David Coulon said regardless of the role, Fitzpatrick kept things interesting around the department.
“He had a different inside joke with every person,” Coulon said. “He was the king of puns. He had a dry sense of humor.”
Coworkers told a story of how Fitzpatrick once accidently left his pistol at the jail. After he left it behind, he made a traffic stop.
“He walked to the (driver’s) car with a shotgun because he had left his pistol at the jail,” said Police Sgt. Aaron Woodard. “He went back to get it, but it was funny. Every cop has left their gun at the jail at some point.”
Coulon said as funny as Fitzpatrick was he was equally as dedicated to his job.
“Even after 34 years in the profession he was still innovative,” Coulon said. “He was always looking for ways to improve operations.”
Assistant Chief Chris Chandler said one way he did that was by streamlining the hiring process, in part by formalizing an interview board.
Woodard said Fitzpatrick was well-respected in the community and would frequent local businesses whenever possible.
Chandler said he was instrumental in building strong relationships with the minority communities and would make a point to get to know those in the Korean business community.
“He was well received by everyone,” Chandler said. “He knew when to turn off and off the dry sense of humor, and he represented the city and the department very well.”
Before joining TCPD he had worked for the Brookhaven College Police Department since 1984.
He was in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1983-1988.
Visitation for Fitzpatrick will be held from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at Bill Deberry Funeral Directors, located at 2025 W. University Drive, Denton.
Funeral services will be Monday at the First Denton Church, located at 1100 Malone Street, Denton. The service will begin at 11 a.m. and will conclude with full honors and be followed by interment at Roselawn Memorial Park, located at 3801 Roselawn Drive, Denton.
For information call Woodard at 972-624-3925 or firstname.lastname@example.org.