AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw today honored recently appointed Texas Secretary of State John Steen for his service on the Public Safety Commission, two Killeen Police Department officers for foiling an attempt to kill Fort Hood soldiers, and two DPS officers who helped arrest a suspect wanted for an Alaska murder.
“Commissioner Steen’s dedicated service on the Texas Public Safety Commission the last four years supporting the department’s mission and goals has been invaluable, and today’s recognition is just a small token of our appreciation,” said Director McCraw.
“The Public Safety Commission greatly benefitted from Commissioner Steen's service to the people of Texas and to his commitment to the DPS. His presence will certainly be missed, but he will continue to serve the citizens of Texas in his new position as Texas Secretary of State,” said PSC Chair Cynthia Leon.
Steen received a flag flown over the Texas State Capitol and was made an honorary Texas Ranger Captain. He was also presented with a DPS flag that was carried aboard a DPS aircraft, on a DPS patrol boat and in a Highway Patrol car.
Also today, Killeen Police Department Lt. Patrick Boone and Sgt. Richard Eric Bradley were presented Director’s Awards for their efforts in the investigation and ultimate conviction of an AWOL Army soldier in a 2011 bomb plot. A call from a local gun store about a patron acting strangely as he paid cash for six pounds of black powder and a high capacity pistol magazine started a fast-moving investigation that led to the arrest of an AWOL Army soldier from Kentucky. Killeen police, with the assistance of the FBI, found bomb construction in progress after a search warrant was executed at a local hotel. A nationwide investigation was launched that led to the conviction of Naser Jason Abdo in a Waco federal court in May of 2012. The attack was planned at a restaurant frequented by Fort Hood soldiers.
“This is our way of saying thank you on behalf of the DPS, the law enforcement community and the state of Texas to two officers who averted an evil, cowardly plot to murder Fort Hood soldiers,” said Director McCraw. “Lt. Boone and Sgt. Bradley brought distinction on themselves and the Killeen Police Department in saving lives and bringing the suspect to justice.”
DPS also received a special letter of recognition from the Chief of the Anchorage Police Department for the arrest of a suspect in the kidnapping and murder of Samantha Koenig. Corporal Bryan Henry and Texas Ranger Steven Rayburn were specifically recognized for their efforts. After his arrest in Lufkin in March of 2012, Israel Keyes allegedly confessed to a variety of crimes. However, he died in an apparent suicide earlier this month in Alaska while awaiting trial for the Samantha Koenig case.
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