LIMESTONE COUNTY, Texas (KWTX) Two Christmastime traditions were a little more special this year in Limestone County.
The annual Lighting of the Bridge, a joint venture between the cities of Groesbeck and Mexia, and the Limestone County Tree of Angels ceremony were attended by the family of Damon Allen, the local DPS Trooper killed by a man he pulled over Thanksgiving Day.
Officials said Allen’s wife and daughter were there to light the Navasota River Bridge with his daughter getting to flip the switch.
They also hung a blue ornament in Allen’s honor on the Tree of Angels, a Christmas tree that’s put up in honor of victims of violent crimes at the Limestone County Courthouse.
Allen, 41, a graduate of Mexia High School, was shot Nov. 23 by the driver of a car he pulled over for speeding on I-45 south of Fairfield.
He was the 221st DPS Trooper to die in the line of duty since 1823 and the first to die in a shooting since 2008.
Allen’s memorial service was last Friday in Mexia was the largest in the city’s history.