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Boy Scout Project Honors Fallen DPS Troopers With Permanent Memorial

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WAXAHACHIE (CBS 11 NEWS) – As many students are studying for finals and finishing up school projects, a North Texas Boy Scout unveiled a moving memorial for two fallen DPS troopers, which now sits in a permanent place outside the DPS office.

For years, the markers of fallen DPS troopers Travis Locker and Milton Alexander were located along the side of a Waxahachie road and were becoming neglected.

“Where it was before, it was kind of forgotten,” said Judy Altom, daughter of Travis Locker. “It was kind of hidden by the weeds.” Altom was killed on November 9, 1969.

Until Jake Kosowki from Boy Scout Troop 210 in Ennis stepped in. He says he was looking for an Eagle Scout project, when his dad’s friend suggested moving the DPS memorials from the roadside to the DPS offices in Waxahachie.

“This one caught my eye and I knew that this would be more permanent,” recalls Kosowki.

The 15-year-old Ennis High School freshman created two different designs, allowed the DPS Chief to chose his favorite, and raised the money to make it happen.

Trooper James Colunga said, “I had dreams of what this would look like. Jake made him ‘em bigger and better.”

“I can’t even say how much it means after 30 years to be remembered. It’s pretty moving,” said Kelli Homes, daughter of Milton Alexander, killed on April 14, 1983. “I think it’s great because people can see every day and be reminded daily of the ultimate sacrifice both my dad and other trooper gave.”

In a formal ceremony, the troopers lives were remembered and the new memorial unveiled. The families of the troopers say they’ll feel the impact of this scouting project forever.

“Now everybody who comes into the DPS dps office, on a daily basis they will be remembered every day, all day long, by many many people,” said Lyssa Ridlehuber, Locker’s granddaughter.

Troopers would like to forge more partnerships with the Boy Scouts of America to move roadside memorials to permanent, formal memorials at DPS offices across the country.

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