Memorial Roadway signs honor fallen officers




DPS Director Steven C. McCraw presenting flag to Rachel Stephenson and daughter Alyssa, during ceremony at Pleasanton Civic Center.

DPS Director Steven C. McCraw presenting flag to Rachel Stephenson and daughter Alyssa, during ceremony at Pleasanton Civic Center.

It began with Posting of Colors by an Honor Guard from Texas Department of Public Safety.

You could sense the somberness in the quietness of a huge assembly of law enforcement and citizens as the flags of our nation and state were marched in.

Law enforcement vehicles from Atascosa County and nearby counties and the State Capitol covered the landscape around the Pleasanton Civic Center and adjoining blocks.

Tuesday morning, July 12, 2016 was when a Dedication Ceremony was held at the Civic Center where road sign replicas were unveiled. Much larger signs have already been placed on Corgey Rd. and Coughran Rd. in Atascosa County honoring Deputies Mark Stephenson and Thomas Monse, Jr.

Signs honoring DPS Trooper Terry Wayne Miller will be erected on north and south side lanes of Interstate 37.

This story begins in the fall of 1999 on October 12 when law enforcement officers responded to a bogus domestic violence call on Coughran and Corgey Roads, just east of Pleasanton.

Three protector-responders from law enforcement lost their lives.

On December 22, 2014, DPS Sergeant Robert K. Bratten III requested appropriate action from Atascosa County Commissioners’ Court for approval of two signs to be erected on Coughran and Corgey Roads in eastern Atascosa County. The signs would be in memory of fallen Atascosa County Deputies, Mark Stephenson and Thomas Monse, Jr.

Bratten also requested county support of Senate Bill 45 designating a portion of Interstate Hwy. 37 as the Trooper Terry Wayne Miller Memorial Highway between mile markers 102 and 115.

This has all ‘come to be’ with the ceremony held at the Pleasanton Civic Center.

Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley welcomed those present, followed by an invocation by Ferman Carpenter, Chaplain, Texas Department of Public Safety.

The National Anthem was sung by DPS Trooper Sharee Rugh.

Speakers who followed were Steven C. McCraw, Director, Texas Department of Public Safety; Representative Ryan Guillen, Texas House of Representatives, District 31 and District Attorney Rene Peña, 81st & 218th Judicial Districts.

Next was Military Order of the Purple Heart presentations by DPS Adjutant Bill Crumlett.

The three commemorative road sign replicas were then unveiled followed by the closing by DPS Region VI Commander Freeman F. Martin.


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