Fritch police chief stepping down to help fellow officers

Houston Gass submitted his notice to the city council informing the city of Fritch he is is leaving to pursue a new job helping injured officers with the healing process (Drew Powell ABC 7 News)

After working as the city of Fritch police chief for a year and a half, Houston Gass is changing jobs. Gass will remain working in the law enforcement profession. He is starting a new job at Emergency Operations Proving Grounds. (EOPG) is a non-profit in Hurst, Texas that helps law enforcement officers and first-responders overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD)

“I’ve enjoyed my time here in Fritch and I enjoy law enforcement,” said Houston Gass, Fritch Police Chief. “My heart is with the wounded officers of course. Guys who are going through a hard time in their lives need others. This organization has made that possible.”

Gass tells ABC 7 News he will be working on setting up support systems and training aspects of EOPG. In January of 2015, Gass was injured in the line of duty while working for the Pampa Police Department. He overcame several months of therapy so he can relate to being severely injured on the job. He believes it’s his time to give back.

“PTSD is a real thing,” said Gass. “It’s like the flu. You can get over it, it just might take some time and it’s not going to be easy. I have learned a lot from the experience of working as police chief in Fritch. I believe the experience was invaluable.”

His last day on the job is Friday. On Saturday, Aug. 17 Robert Chapman will serve as interim police chief. The department has been under the direction of different chiefs and interims since former chief Monte Leggett retired. On Saturday the annual Howdy Neighbor Day kicks off with a parade. Gass tells ABC 7 News HWY 136 will be closed in Fritch starting at 9:15 a.m. to allow for the parade.

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