Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter was as the first African-American police officer for the Grand Prairie Police Department to be commissioned by the Texas Department on Law Enforcement, where he honorably served for almost 30 years. To Sergeant Hunter, police work was not just a job, but an honorable calling that saved the lives of others. He earned several performance awards throughout the duration of his career, including the Respect Baton and a Life Saving Award, for always being willing to do more to help others.
Sergeant Hunter was born in Brooklyn, New York and relocated to Arlington to play point guard at the University of Texas at Arlington. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Dallas Baptist University and throughout his life remained devoted to live his life through Jesus Christ. He met his beautiful wife, Denise, and the two developed a strong marriage that was only strengthened by the addition of their daughter, Erin. Sergeant Hunter was known for his kind and giving spirit, and was the consummate family man. Those who knew him remember Sergeant Hunter for being a devoted mentor, honorable actions, and complete devotion to making the community around him better.
On Friday June 18, 2004, Sergeant Gregory L. Hunter was responding to a call regarding a suspicious van and welfare concern in a Wal-Mart parking lot. Upon arrival, Sergeant Hunter was ambushed and mortally wounded by an armed suspect.
Sergeant Hunter is survived by his loving wife, Denise; beautiful daughter, Erin; mother, Dorothy; sister, Edwina; and aunt, Senorita.