Fallen Texas peace officers honored


by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News and Photojournalist DENNIS THOMAS


Posted on May 14, 2013 at 6:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 14 at 6:21 PM

AUSTIN -- Wednesday May 15 is Peace Officers Memorial Day.

Tuesday morning many took the time to honor 10 Texas law enforcement officers who lost their lives in the line of duty this past year and remember the others who gave their lives as well.

“We owe these courageous men and women an inestimable debt of gratitude for their outstanding service to our state,” said Assistant Department of Public Safety Director Frank Woodall.

“When a Texas peace office dies in the line of duty, we all lose a comrade,’ said DPS Deputy Director Steve McCraw.

Hundreds gathered at DPS headquarters to honor the brave men and women who run toward danger, and the ones who made the ultimate sacrifice.

In Texas 190 DPS officers have died in the line of duty. Senior Trooper Richard Dale Cottle, 51, is one of them. He died in a car wreck May 9, 2001.

“He was a very dedicated trooper,” said his wife Marsha Cottle. “We were high school sweethearts, and just, I had the best years of my life. It’s very important for me to come and to see all these people that remember our fallen officers.”

The father of fallen Highway Patrol Trooper Russell Boyd placed a wreath at the DPS memorial wall during Tuesday's ceremony. Ralph Boyd says his son loved being a trooper and was killed during a routine traffic stop.

“Russell stopped him for speeding. He shot Russell six times,” Boyd said. “He was doing what he wanted to do. You always have an empty seat at the table, you know, an empty place in your heart.”

On Wednesday, fallen APD Senior Officer Jaime Padron will be among those honored at the National Police Memorial in Washington DC. He was shot while responding to a shoplifting call at the Walmart on I-35 and Parmer Lane in April of last year.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo and Padron's family will attend the memorial.