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Tribute to Our Fallen Employees

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Every day Texas State Troopers, Agents and Texas Rangers risk their lives to protect and serve Texas,
and they are honored to do so. Some DPS officers pay the ultimate sacrifice, and we are forever
grateful to them and their families for their courageous service to the people of Texas. The
following is a list of our fallen officers, since 1823, when the agency first began as the
Texas Rangers, and since 1935 as the Texas Department of Public Safety, when
the Rangers and Highway Patrol were combined into one agency.

Officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty

David Clark
Jesse Blair
Alexander Bostwick
James Christian
Joseph Cooper
James Joslen
Alfred H. Miles
Westley Nicholson
William Nicholson
Dr. William Sanders
Lewis P. Scheuster
Julius Bullock
John W. Carpenter
Thomas M. Scott
John Wilson
James Hall
Edward Blakey
Jacob Burleson
James Gilliland
John B. Walters
John Bird
Thomas Gay
Hiram M.C. Hall
Jesse E. Nash
William Weaver
Marimo Mindiola
John Stein
A.T. Smith
G.W. Hurd
Peter Fohr
Richard S. Gilbert
James L. Reed
Thomas Couzens
John Weatherford
Isaac Heck
Nathaniel H. Mangum
Wesley Dier
Littleton Ratton
Charles G. Bryant
William Gillespie
D.C. "Doc" Sullivan
John Wilbarger
Samuel Baker Barton
William Lackey
Thomas Drennan
Henry J. Willis
William H. Clopton
H.K. Holland
Willis H. Jones
Augustus Smith
William Barbee
Waco Indian
Robert Nickels
Jonathon Thompson
Smith Estes
John M. Davenport
Samuel A. Jackson
John Fox
Thomas Grier
William McKay
Nicholas Mallett
David Herman
Fountain B. Woodruff
Theophilo Martinez
John D. McLeod
James Ireland
Jerome C. Lynn
Robert Carter
James McKee
N.F. Dunn
Alvin A. Clark
Lorenzo Bietiger
Walter Richarz
Joseph Riff

A.M. Swift
John Green
Thomas Gatlin
Henry Jones
D.W.H. Bailey
W.A. Glass
Joseph F. Osgood
William H. Clift
L.B. "Sonny" Smith
Conrad E. Mortimer
John E. McBride
Tim McCarty
H.H. Ruzin
H. Crist
W.B. Anglin
George R. "Red" Bingham
Benjamin G. Warren
Frank Sieker
J.P. Wood
William M. Bohanon
J.H. "Jim" Moore
Charles Fusselman
John F. Gravis
Robert E. Doaty
Frank L. Schmid
Frank Jones
J.W. Woods
Joe McKidrict
W.L. Hooker
Thomas P. Nigh
Ernest St. Leon
T.L. Fuller
Emmitt Robuck
Thomas J. Goff
Homer White
N.P. "Doc" Thomas
Quirl Bailey Carnes
Grover Scott Russell
Robert Lee Burdett
Eugene B. Hulen
Henry L. Ransom
William P. Stillwell
Thomas Carlyle "Charlie" Hyde
John Dudley White, Sr.
Joe R. Shaw
Lenard T. "Lenn" Sadler
Delbert "Tim" Timberlake
Benjamin L. Pennington
Robert E. Hunt
T.E. Paul Perkins
John A. Moran
Will M. Alsobrook
Joe Ben Buchanan
Stephen F. Sherman
Dan L. McDuffie
Arthur W. Fischer
Aubrey Lee Moore
Emmett White
H.D. Murphy
Edward Bryan Wheeler
Joseph N. Avary
Guy Albert Freese
Mart D. Tarrant
David A. McGonagill
Roger Q. Harriss
Floyd E. Lawson
Louis W. Dickson
Bill J. Mahoney
Winfred O. Hanna
Felix A. Murphey
Robert J. Crosby
Milton D. Brooks
Audie A. Isbell
Clarence Nordyke

Lynn Ray Smith
Benjamin Kyle Smith
Herman Paul Marshall
H.A. White
Richard Dale Berens
Kenneth W. Harrison
Bobby Lee Maynard
Harry Lee Mills, Jr.
Charles Austin Pryor
Robert Franklin Stinnett
Darvin K. Hogg
Billy Ray Wynn
Fred Carlton Burns
Tom P. Holland
Norman Edward Zator
Floyd W. Etheridge
Travis Raburn Locker
Douglas Houston Thompson
Gara Oliver Cooper
Billy Dan Howry
Gayle Lamar Holmes
Larry Eugene Hobson
Kobler C. Winn
Ernest C. Dobbs
John D. Oldham
Harold D. Hambrick
Hollie L. Tull
Patrick Allen Randel
Jimmie Weldon Parks
Mark Allen Frederick
Tomie Michael Tucker
Sammy Charles Long
Bobby Paul Doherty
James Dalrymple
Jerry Don Davis
Hollis Stephen Lacy
Howard W. Jordan
David Irvine Rucker
Ernesto Alanis
Daniel Morrison Higdon
Milton Alexander
Robert Ray Jones
Russell Lynn Boyd
William P. Kohlleppel, III
Stanley Keith Guffey
William J. Kuhnle
Ralph G. Zerda
Willie Dale Taylor
Mark Jeffrey Phebus
Carlos Ray Warren
Bill Davidson
Bobby Steve Booth
Troy Hogue
Timothy Wade McDermot
Roel Garcia
Terry Wayne Miller
Randall Wade Vetter
Richard Dale Cottle
Kurt David Knapp
Jimmy Ray Carty, Jr.
Billy J. Zachary
Matthew Dewayne Myrick
Eduardo Chavez
Todd Dylan Holmes
James Scott Burns
David Ralph Slaton
Jonathan Thomas McDonald
Javier Arana, Jr.
Paul Hernandez
William Karl Keesee
Jeffrey Don Nichols
Thomas Patrick Nipper
Damon Charles Allen


Non-commissioned employees who have lost their lives in the line of duty

Bowen Brett
Howard "Lee" Lombard


View a monument location list of memorials honoring Texas DPS officers who have died in the line of duty.

GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN

“Dedicated to the memory of people of the Texas Department of Public Safety who, in the line of duty,
unselfishly sacrificed their lives in the protection of the lives, property, rights and privileges
of all the people of Texas.”

Trooper Memorial


The Texas Department of Public Safety is grateful to the Metcalf Family for their commitment to honoring DPS officers who have given their lives in the service to the State of Texas.

In 1991, Trooper Carlos Warren stopped Richard Metcalf for speeding. Mr. Metcalf was impressed with the way the trooper handled the traffic stop. Several weeks later, Trooper Warren was shot to death while interrupting a kidnapping. Mr. Metcalf decided to honor Trooper Warren with a memorial stone at the place where he was killed.

Mr. Metcalf then decided to place memorials—at his own expense—to honor each of the DPS officers who have died in the line of duty. However, he passed away after a lengthy illness and his goal was not realized.

Mr. Metcalf's brother, Don, was touched by his brother's determination to honor all DPS troopers and took up his brother's cause. As of July 2012, each of the 86 DPS troopers killed in the line of duty has been honored with a stone marker.

The Metcalfs will forever hold a special place in the hearts of the entire DPS family.