News Release

October 5, 2012

Funeral Arrangements Announced for DPS Officer Who Died in San Antonio

AUSTIN – Funeral services for Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Hernandez, who died in the line of duty yesterday, will begin Monday in the Dallas area.  Hernandez, stationed in Universal City, died Thursday at the age of 67 after collapsing during physical readiness testing at the DPS Regional Office in San Antonio.

Visitation will take place Monday, October 8, at the Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home (2925 5th St.) in Sachse, Texas. General viewing will take place from 11 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. and with the family from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 9, at the First Rowlett United Methodist Church (4405 Main St.) in Rowlett at 11 a.m. with burial to follow at the Lakeview Cemetery in Lavon (corner of Highway 6 and Highway 78).

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hernandez family during this difficult time,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Sgt. Hernandez touched countless lives during his decades-long service to the Department and the people of Texas, and he will be missed.”

Hernandez had been with DPS for more than 35 years and 8 months, and had served in the Highway Patrol Division, Driver License Division and Criminal Law Enforcement Division (now Criminal Investigations Division) during his career.

He is survived by his wife, Vera, and son. He is the 88th DPS officer to die in the line of duty.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association, 1-800-242-8721.

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