DALLAS -- Senior Corporal Recardo Trejo of the Dallas Police Department was killed Saturday in a two-car accident while off duty in South Texas, according to a release from the department.
The accident occurred around 12:25 p.m. Saturday in the 200 block of State Highway 46 West in Kendall County, which is north of San Antonio. Trejo was involved in a head-on crash with another car while driving home to North Texas.
The driver of the other vehicle was injured and transported to an area hospital, but that person's condition is unknown.
Trejo was a 36-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department and assigned to the southeast division.
"He started pretty much right out of high school," said Trejo's younger brother, Ruben Trejo.
He was also a school liaison officer at Woodrow Wilson High.
"He loved his job,” Ruben Trejo said. “He cared about the kids. Always helped them. He cared about always going and helping people. He was just that type of person."
Neighbors said "Ricky," as Trejo was known in the neighborhood, would gather with his family every Thanksgiving in Bandera, Texas.
"He was telling us he had four more years and then he was going to retire," Ruben Trejo said. "Pick up his roots from here, settle, and go retire in Bandera."
In South Texas, where the Trejo family had land and where Sr. Corporal Trejo's life ended Saturday afternoon.
"We got up that morning, had breakfast and he was going to go to a garage sale with my parents," Ruben Trejo said.
After that, his brother would pack up his car and head back to Dallas. But Sr. Corporal Trejo never made it back to the home he shared with his folks in the neighborhood he grew up in.
"Nothing like the Trejo's," said Claudette Ingram-Davis. "Nothing like being their neighbor for 20 years."
She and other neighbors consoled one another after learning of Trejo's death.
"Now I know, and I'm so hurt,” Ingram-Davis said. “I'm so hurt."
Senior Corporal Trejo leaves behind two grown daughters.
"He was a great dad, no doubt about it," Ruben said. "Raised two beautiful daughters."
Ruben and his parents now are just grateful for the last few days they were able to spend together in South Texas as a family.
"We know that God is with us and he's going to take care of us," Ruben Trejo said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.