AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented a Director’s Citation and Life Saving Award to DPS employees for their exceptional service to the public and State of Texas. Multiple civilians and an agent with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were also recognized with awards.
“It is an honor to recognize these individuals who have exhibited such bravery and commitment to helping others through their selfless actions,” said Director McCraw. “Because of employees and citizens like these, DPS is a better agency and Texas is a safer state.”
The following awards were presented today:
Trooper John Bradford,Highway Patrol in Hempstead,received a Director’s Citation for helping save a child’s life at a house explosion on June 11, 2013. Near the intersection of FM 1486 and TX 105 in Montgomery County, Bradford heard and felt a massive explosion, and then saw fire and debris. When he arrived at the scene, which was a residence, he helped coordinate rescue efforts with bystanders Rockey Butler, Jeremy Giles, Bart Hogan and Paul Whitley, ultimately rescuing two adults and one child from the debris. Despite rescuers’ efforts, both adults died from their injuries. Butler, Giles, Hogan and Whitley eachreceived the Director’s Award for their Good Samaritan actions.
Cpl. T. Coy Morales, Highway Patrol in Fredericksburg, received a Life Saving Award for helping save the life of a crash victim. On May 17, 2013, Morales arrived at a crash scene on RM 783 south of Harper in Gillespie County to find the driver slumped over the steering wheel. The driver’s left arm had been severed, and he was bleeding profusely. Passersby John Brown, a DPS custodian in Kerrville, and his wife Brenda Brown, a registered nurse, helped Morales administer first aid, apply a tourniquet and keep the driver stable until an ambulance arrived, ultimately saving his life. In recognition of their selfless actions at the scene, John Brown and Brenda Brown also receivedthe Director’s Award.
Special Agent Timothy Townsend,Criminal Investigation Division of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, received the Director’s Award for his part in a joint operation between DPS Regulatory Services Division and EPA. In 2009, the two agencies began investigating two inspection stations suspected of creating fraudulent emission testing in Tarrant County. The two stations were found to be responsible for providing approximately 7,600 fraudulent emissions tests in violation of the Clean Air Act. Townsend’s countless hours investigating and coordinating the case were instrumental in the return of federal indictments charging six individuals with various violations. In March 2013, the violators received their final sentences, which included probation, prison time and monetary fines. This case proved to be the largest emissions fraud case in Texas and one of the largest in the United States.
Ismael Aldaba and Marvin Lincoln each received a Director’s Award for their Good Samaritan actions at the scene of a fatal wreck on U.S. 277 in Kinney County.On May 26, 2012, the two motorists stopped to assist crash victims from two vehicles engulfed in flames. Aldaba and Lincoln were able to pull three individuals to safety, helping to save two lives. (The awards for Aldaba and Lincoln are expected to be presented today in San Antonio.)