Memorial monument dedicated to fallen DPS trooper

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PARIS, Texas (KXII) -- A memorial monument at the DPS building in Paris was dedicated to a Texas Highway Patrol Trooper who died on the line duty in March this year.

Texas Trooper, Jeffery Nichols, was killed back in March when he veered off of FM 38 near Tigertown and crashed his patrol car into a tree.

DPS Director Steven McCraw described Nichols as a spirited 27-year-old.

"I can assure you trooper Nichols loved his job. He was passionate about it. He cared deeply about it and he would do anything to protect this great state and we honor him today and will forever honor him."

On Saturday a monument outside the DPS office in Paris was dedicated to Nichols by co founder of the monument program Dan Metclaf.

"My brother started a program to honor these fallen troopers back in 1995."

Richard Metcalf was the original founder of the "We the People of the State of Texas" monument program that honors dps officers who were killed in the line of duty.

But after his death in 1998, his brother Don Metcalf stepped in and continued the program.

"We've put a little over 90 monuments throughout the state of Texas all over, some on the road side, most of them in front of DPS locations so that they can been seen."

Both McCraw and Metclaf say its important to honor troopers who have died while on the job.

"We never forget their sacrifice because they've been a hero. We know that everyday a trooper, around the clock, loses his or her life to protect Texas and that's important."

"All to honor troopers killed in the line of duty and the service that they provide for Texas citizens."

Highway 82 from the 4200 Block of Lamar Ave. In Paris to the Red River County line is named "Trooper Jeffrey Nichols Memorial Highway" in his honor.

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