Temple: Second fallen Central Texas DPS trooper honored

(Temple Police Dept. photo)
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A second fallen Central Texas trooper was honored Thursday in Temple.

A memorial stone was placed Thursday morning at the Texas Department of Public Safety office at 6612 South General Bruce Dr. in Temple in honor of Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper.

The inscription on the stone reads, "We the people of the State of Texas acknowledge and thank Senior Trooper Thomas P. Nipper for the great sacrifice he made to keep the public safe. His efforts will stand teh test of time. May God bless his soul."

Nipper’s daughters, Amy Schmoyer and Lori Nipper, said the dedication was bittersweet.

I guess (I have) mixed emotions. The scene from the accident is down by the road,” Lori Nipper said. “It's sad, but other feelings come back up at the same time. It's nice they recognized him and he wasn't forgotten.

Both women said their father was a prankster and loved to have fun with his family and friends.

Schmoyer also described how those stories still help her cope with his loss.

“It's nice when people come up to you and they tell us stories about our dad,” Schmoyer said.

“It lets us know that, while we think about him every day, there's other people thinking about him too.”

Nipper, 63, was conducting a traffic stop on the southbound shoulder of Interstate 35 at around 3:05 p.m. on Nov. 4, 2017 in Temple when his patrol car was struck from behind by a Chevrolet pickup.

He died at Scott & White Medical Center.

Nipper left behind his wife Tammy, son Michael Nipper and daughters Amy Schmoyer and Lori Nipper.

Nipper served in law enforcement for 43 years, almost 35 of them with the DPS.

On Wednesday, a memorial stone was placed at the Freestone County Courthouse in Fairfield in honor of Department of Public Safety Trooper Damon Allen, 41, who was gunned down on Thanksgiving Day during a traffic stop on Interstate 45.

The stone marker bears an inscription that reads, “We the people of the State of Texas acknowledge and thank Trooper IV Damon C. Allen for the great sacrifice he made to keep the public safe. His efforts will stand the test of time. May God bless his soul.”

Allen was the 221st DPS trooper to die in the line of duty since 1823 and the first to die in a shooting since 2008.

He was born in Morgantown, Ky. In 1976, but his family moved to Mexia in 1984.

He graduated from Mexia High School, where he played football, and worked briefly at what is now the Mexia State Assisted Living Center and then for five years at a state prison unit before becoming a state trooper in 2002.

(Christopher Shadrock contributed to this story)