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News Release

June 4, 2013

DPS Awards Purple Heart, Recognizes Employees for Outstanding Performance

Legislative action also highlighted at commission meeting
AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today presented a Purple Heart, Director’s Citation and Life Saving Award to DPS employees. Trooper Troy W. Clark received the Purple Heart in recognition of the extensive injuries he suffered in 2012 while on duty; and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) Agent Darren Lubbe was recognized with both a Director’s Citation and Life Saving Award for separate incidents of extraordinary service.

The Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division personnel in Region 5 were also honored for excellence in supporting criminal investigations in the area. In addition, CID Agent Timothy Upright was honored with the Officer of the Year Award from ASIS International, a security professionals association.

“It is my honor to recognize Trooper Troy Clark for his personal sacrifice and devotion to duty,” said DPS Director McCraw. “On a daily basis, our men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line to protect Texas, and today we have the opportunity to show our gratitude to the individuals who have gone above and beyond to ensure the safety of our citizens and assist those in danger.”

Today Director McCraw also updated the PSC on legislative actions taken by the 83rd Texas Legislature, including legislation passed that provides funding for a 10 percent pay increase for all commissioned officers in the Schedule C salary schedule over the next biennium, plus an equity adjustment for commissioned officers above a Trooper I level. The legislation is pending action by the governor.

“We are extremely grateful to the Texas Legislature for their continued support and the resources they have provided us this session, as well as their leadership in providing the compensation our DPS commissioned officers so justly deserve,” said Director McCraw.

“The men and women who make up the Texas Department of Public Safety are committed to serving and protecting Texas, and should be proud of the impact they are making in this state every day,” said PSC Chair Cynthia Leon. “Last year, we made our own commitment to work with lawmakers to rectify the disparity in pay for our commissioned officers. And I’m pleased to report that the Texas Legislature took bold action in making those pay adjustments for these courageous individuals who risk their lives every day to keep us safe.”

Details about the various awards presented at the PSC meeting today are as follows:

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