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The Department of Public Safety has honored one of its fallen comrades by naming a new DPS patrol boat after him.
Former Big Spring resident Troy L. Hogue, a DPS trooper killed in the line of duty in Howard County 17 years ago, was honored during the naming ceremony at the DPS Training Academy in Austin Thursday.
The 34-foot patrol interceptor named after Hogue will be used for border security work and be stationed out of Weslaco, said Howard County Sheriff Stan Parker. Its primary mission will be to patrol the Rio Grande River and Intracoastal Waterway, according to information released by DPS.
Parker attended Thursday's ceremony, along with members of Hogue's family and Big Spring Police Department Chief Lonnie Smith.
Following the ceremony, the Hogues, Smith and Parker were given a â€śfirst commandâ€ť ride on the boat on Decker Lake.
â€śTroy was very deserving of the honor,â€ť Parker said. â€śHe was a good man and a good friend to everybody. His death was a very difficult situation, but this is a very nice way to remember him. To see this (ceremony) was gratifying.â€ť
â€śTrooper Hogue died serving and protecting the people of Texas, and this boat, which is named in his honor, will continue his legacy, protecting the people of Texas from violent drug traffickers and other criminals,â€ť said DPS Director Steven McCraw. â€śThese patrol vessels and the recently formed Tactical Marine Unit are enhancing our departmentâ€™s ability to combat illegal activity along the Texas coast and Rio Grande River.â€ť
Hogue was fatally shot while investigating a traffic accident on Interstate 20 on Dec. 30, 1994. His killer, Levy Lee Edmondson, was subsequently sentenced to life in prison following his trial in August 1995.
The new patrol boat is one of four DPS interceptors named after troopers who were murdered in the line of duty.