TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) A fallen Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper was honored Thursday night ahead of the first anniversary of his death.
Thomas Nipper, who had been with DPS for nearly 35 years, died Nov. 4, 2017 when a driver hit him from behind during a traffic stop on Interstate-35 in Temple.
"We're here as his work family along with his immediately family in remembrance of that tragic event," said DPS Sgt. David Roberts.
Hundreds gathered for a vigil outside of the Temple DPS office Thursday night.
Many troopers came, one placed a wreath comprised of blue and white flowers next to Nipper’s stone memorial in front of the building.
“Not only is his immediately family here, but DPS and retirees from all over that knew and worked with Thomas Nipper, knew the way he was as a person, have come together to memorialize him and talk about him because there’s lots of good stories,” said Roberts.
Following a ceremony where "Taps" was played, fellowship continued inside the DPS office "to talk about our memories with Trooper Nipper," Roberts said.