The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) this week honored the Texas Troopers, Special Agents and Texas Rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The DPS Peace Officer Memorial Service was held in Austin in conjunction with National Police Week. Gov. Abbott, the keynote speaker, and more than 300 guests, including various law enforcement officials and family members of fallen officers, attended the event.


Since 1823, 219 officers serving in the Texas Rangers and DPS have died in the line of duty. According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 153 officers across the country were killed in the line of duty since last year’s DPS Peace Officer Memorial Ceremony on May 17; 18 of those brave officers served in Texas law enforcement. During the same time, our nation lost 28 law enforcement K9s in the line of duty – four of those were in Texas.


Family members of DPS Trooper Bill Davidson, who was stationed in Edna and was killed in the line of duty in 1992, placed a memorial wreath during the ceremony. Those in attendance included Linda Davidson, his widow; Kimberly Karl, daughter; and Kooper Karl, grandson. In 2012, a DPS patrol vessel was commissioned as the Bill Davidson in the Trooper’s honor.


The DPS memorial service is one of many ceremonies scheduled across the nation to honor fallen law enforcement officers during National Police Week.


For a list and photos of fallen DPS members throughout history, visit the DPS website at www.dps.texas.gov/memorial/. For more information about officer deaths across the state and nation, see www.odmp.org/.


Larry Phillips of Sherman represents District 62 in the Texas House of Representatives. His telephone number in Sherman is 903-891-7297. His telephone number in Austin is 512-463-0297. His address in Austin is P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768-2910. His email address is larry.phillips@house.state.tx.us.