BELL COUNTY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of Public Safety dedicated a section of I-35 in Central Texas in honor of DPS Trooper Thomas Nipper on Wednesday, March 17.
Trooper Nipper died in the line of duty in 2017.READ MORE: Troops From Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala Deployed To Guard Borders And Lower Migration
Created by the 87th Texas Legislature, the Trooper Thomas Nipper Memorial Highway consists of a section of I-35 from Temple to Belton (mile markers 297-294) in Bell County.
Trooper Nipper was killed in November 2017 in a crash while he conducting a traffic stop in Temple.READ MORE: Virtual Learning May Remain An Option At Some North Texas School Districts
He was 63.
“Trooper Nipper heroically put his life on the line to protect this community, and he will always be remembered for his unwavering commitment to the people of Texas,” said DPS Central Texas Regional Director Todd Snyder at the ceremony on Wednesday. “This memorial roadway will serve as constant reminder of his courageous and faithful service.”
Trooper Nipper joined DPS in 1982 and was stationed in Temple at the time of his death.MORE NEWS: Firefighters Battle Raging Fire At Addison Apartment Complex
He is survived by his wife and three children.