New DPS Patrol Vessel Named For Slain State Trooper

Trooper Troy Hogue (DPS photo)

AUSTIN (June 14, 2012)--The newest patrol vessel used by the Department of Public Safety was commissioned Thursday.

It’s named for Troy Hogue, a West Texas trooper who was killed in the line of duty.

Hogue was stationed in Big Spring in December 1994 when he was shot and killed by a DWI suspect after a traffic wreck on Interstate 20.

A Howard County teenager was convicted of the slaying and sentenced to life in prison.

“Trooper 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,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

“These patrol vessels and the recently formed Tactical Marine Unit are enhancing our department’s ability to combat illegal activity along the Texas coast and Rio Grande River.”

The Troy Hogue, which will mainly patrol the Rio Grande, is the agency's fourth 34-foot shallow water interceptor available for patrol along the border with Mexico.

State and federal grants are being used to fund six DPS patrol vessels.