DPS agent remembered for sacrifice

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by KVUE News

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Posted on April 11, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 11 at 5:38 PM

A fallen Department of Public Safety agent was remembered for his sacrifice Thursday.

Patrick Allen Randel was killed in 1974 while working an undercover narcotics assignment. He left behind a wife and three children.

Thursday Randel's family members, friends and DPS officials gathered to commission a plane in Randel's honor.  

The Cessna 208 Caravan named for Randel can carry two pilots and eight passengers and features state-of-the-art survalliance tools. It will be used for transporting medical equipment, disaster response and monitoring drug activity along the border.

"What better way of initiating our first survelliance aircraft with these types of capabilities than recall one of our fallen brothers who sacrificed his life?" said DPS Director Steve McCraw.

The plane will be stationed in McAllen. It was paid for with seized funds.

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