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Harris County To Rename Park After Fallen Deputy Darren Goforth

The 180-acre facility near Cypress is located just a few miles from the gas station where Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was fatally shot last month.

Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the force. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth was a 10-year veteran of the force. He is survived by a wife and two children.
Horsepen Creek Park is located just a few miles from the gas station near Cypress where Deputy Goforth was fatally shot last month. County Commissioner Steve Radack proposed changing the name to Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth Park on Horsepen Creek.

“The park is 180 acres,” Radack says. “It has a large lake, about a 3-mile jogging trail, kids’ playgrounds, fishing.”

Harris County resident Andrew Callis has created an online petition to name a section of West Road after Goforth. Callis says he supports renaming the park to memorialize Goforth, but he wants to go a step further.

“When somebody asks for directions, how to get to Goforth Park, you’re going to tell them to go down to the end of Goforth Road,” Callis says.

The petition has gotten more than 17,000 signatures. Callis says he plans to present the proposal to County Commissioners at their next meeting Sept. 29, but Radack says renaming the park in Goforth’s honor is more feasible.

“West Road is a major thoroughfare that one day will be almost 35 miles long, and there’s no reason to go and cut part of it out and call it one name,” he says.

Goforth is survived by his wife and two children. Radack says the official dedication ceremony will take place as soon as the family is ready. Shannon Miles is accused of fatally shooting Deputy Goforth. He’s been charged with murder and is being held without bail.

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