Texas Sentinels Foundation 2012 home recipient Marine Corporal Jesse Medina, who is currently assigned as a Patrol Officer in the North Patrol Division, was named Houston Police Department’s 2018 Rookie of the Year. In his short two year stint with the Houston Police Department, Medina has distinguished himself by his service and his “can-do” attitude. Officer Medina is the first amputee to complete the Houston Police Department Training Academy and become a commissioned Houston Police Officer. Despite his physical limitations, Officer Medina has proven to be an invaluable asset to the city of Houston. Semper Fidelis!

Marine Corporal Jesse Medina served two tours in Afghanistan with the 1st Marine Division and was injured in two separate IED explosions.  On Christmas Day 2011, Medina sustained severe injuries to include the loss of his right leg and numerous fingers, near total destruction of his right arm, multiple severe lacerations and hearing loss.  Jesse is the recipient of 11 combat awards and citations including two Purple Hearts.  During Christmas week 2012, Jesse and his family were surprised with a TSF 100% debt-free, mortgage-free, ADA compliant “Home for the Holidays” in Greater Houston.

“We are so very proud of Jesse and his positive outlook on life, his pay it forward attitude and the fact that he continues his service to others through his work at the Houston Police Department. The Texas Sentinels Foundation family holds Jesse Medina up as an example of our TSF assistance in helping build new lives for combat wounded veterans through awarding homes and TSF Life Scholarships, thereby putting our veterans on a path to success.” commented Richard Filip, Co-Founder of the Texas Sentinels Foundation.  “Our donors, sponsors and Jesse’s home team should take great pride in knowing they had a hand in his success by creating the foundation in which Jesse was able to flourish. This is exactly why we created the Texas Sentinels Foundation.” clarified Jeanne Filip, TSF Co-Founder.