News Release

August 16, 2012

Law Enforcement Center Named for Fallen Trooper

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today participated in the dedication of the Troy M. Hogue Law Enforcement Center in Big Spring, which will be home to both the Big Spring Police Department and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.  The new center is named in honor of Troy Hogue, a DPS trooper killed in the line of duty in 1994. Hogue was a Big Spring police officer for 14 years prior to becoming a trooper.

Regional Commander Carey Matthews represented DPS at the dedication ceremony. The Troy Hogue patrol vessel, also named in honor of the fallen trooper, was on display at the ceremony. 

“DPS is honored and appreciative that this facility pays tribute to Trooper Hogue, who gave his life protecting the lives of others,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.  “This center, like our patrol vessel that bears his name, will ensure his legacy and service will always be remembered. The officers who work in this facility, like Trooper Hogue before them, protect others and risk their lives daily. We salute their efforts and are thankful for all they do to keep us safe.”

Trooper Hogue joined DPS in 1988 and was stationed in Big Spring at the time of his death. He was shot and killed by a DWI suspect after a traffic wreck on I-20 in Howard County on December 30, 1994, at the age of 39. 

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