Colleyville, Texas September 2, 2016
Colleyville Officer of the Week John Retzos
Prior to Officer John Retzos beginning his career in law enforcement, he served 16 years in the United States Air Force as a fuel specialist/cryogenics (4 years active duty and 12 years Air National Guard). In 1995, Officer Retzos was hired by the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office to work as a jailer. He worked at TCSO until the Colleyville Police Department hired him in 1999. Officer Retzos worked as a patrol officer for over 14 years until he was chosen to work as a School Resource Officer at Heritage Middle School. He is now assigned as the Warrant Officer / Bailiff. Officer Retzos also holds a Master Peace Officer Certification. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, reading, airshows/military aviation, car shows and classic muscle cars, traveling, sporting events especially NASCAR RACING!.
EDITOR’S Note: I have known John for a number of years, first meeting him on Memorial Day 1999. Officer Retzos responding to a call of an errant driver on John McCain spotted the car in question and pulled him over. When he pulled the car over it came to a stop immediately in front of my driveway gate. While Officer Retzos was talking to the driver he smelled alcohol and assumed it was a drunk driver or even possibly someone having a diabetic seizure. The driver handed over some paper work that he promptly dropped on the ground. The driver then opened the door with left foot out of the vehicle, however his right foot stepped on the gas crashing through the front gate, knocking it off the hinges, clipped a small tree in the front yard, then came to stop against the front brick wall with his foot penned between the car and the fence and, in the meantime, the car’s wheels were spinning, digging up the yard. Retzos immediately approached the car from the passenger’s side, managed to get the door open and then reached in to turn off the car’s engine. The driver was in fact drunk, however he was now in serious condition due to the crash. A Life Flight Helicopter landed on Caldwell’s Creek while the Colleyville Fire Department used air bags to lift the car to remove the driver. If it were not for Officer Retzos’ quick action, the driver’s life was certainly in peril. Just another day in the life of a Police Officer, according to John Retzos.
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