In Memoriam Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper

Steven McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety-Highway Patrol, sadly reports the death of Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper.

Trooper Nipper, 63, died as a result of injuries he sustained in a traffic crash. Trooper Nipper had stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation and was standing next to the driver’s vehicle when his patrol unit was struck by a pickup truck.

The force of the collision drove Nipper’s patrol vehicle forward striking him and the vehicle he had stopped.

Conflicting reports indicate that the patrol vehicle burst into flames upon impact and that Nipper may have been inside the vehicle when it was struck rather, than standing next to the vehicle he had stopped.

The trooper was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

“It is with heavy heart that we must notify our fellow Texans that State Trooper Thomas Nipper died in the line of duty today,” said McCraw. “Today Texas and our DPS family lost one of our finest. Trooper Nipper was a hard-working and selfless man, who proudly served and protected the people of this state. His commitment to duty and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued the following statement:

Trooper Nipper was a dedicated member of Texas’ law enforcement community, and like his fellow officers, I am saddened to learn of his tragic death. The men and women who make the commitment to keeping us safe are every day heroes, and we should always remember the risks and sacrifices they make to serve their fellow Texans. Cecilia and I ask all Texans to join us in keeping Trooper Nipper, his family, and all those close to him in our thoughts and prayers. May God grant them peace and comfort during this difficult time.

Thomas Nipper was commissioned as a state trooper in 1983, but served the Texas Department of Public Safety for nearly 44 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Nipper is the 220th DPS Trooper to be killed in the line of duty since the inception the agency in 1823.

Trooper Thomas Nipper is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Nov. 4, 2017.

(Graphics courtesy Rose Borisow GrafX)

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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R. I. P. Brother. Your service and dedication speak to the love in your heart to serve others. Rest easy and we’ll carry on from here.

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