National Police Memorial Week is May 14 through May 19, and The Texas Highway Patrol is remembering their fallen officers with a “Unity Tour” on bicycles, riding from Sealy to Austin during a three day ride. “Riding for those who have died” is their motto borrowed from the National Police Officer Unity Tour in Washington D.C.
Starting at the Sealy Highway Patrol Office on Thursday May 17th at 8:30 am a group of cyclist will begin the “Challenge Ride” honoring seven D.P.S. Officers who died in the line of duty in the Houston area.
Highway Patrolman Robert J. Crosby – who was shot and killed Nov. 27, 1954. -Patrolman Crosby began his DPS career Sept. 15, 1953.
Texas Ranger H.A.White and Polygraph Operator Oscar Bowen Brett were both killed in a car – train accident Dec. 8, 1961.
Ranger White began his career Sept. 12, 1956.
Polygraph Operator Brett began his career April 8, 1957.
Highway Patrol Trooper Mark Allen Frederick – was shot and killed April 4, 1976. Trooper Frederick began his career Sept.23, 1970.
Highway Patrol Trooper Russell Lynn Boyd – was shot and killed Oct. 11, 1983. Trooper Boyd began his career June 9, 1982.
Highway Patrol Trooper William P. Kohlleppel – was struck and killed by a tractor –trailer truck. Trooper Kohlleppel began his career Jan.14, 1981.
Highway Patrol Trooper Jefferey Phebus was shot and killed Sept.17, 1990. Trooper Phebus began his career Sept. 12, 1989.
The D.P.S. cyclist will then ride to Brenham and honor Arthur Fisher. Jan 18, 1932. The First DPS Officer Killed in the line of Duty.
The cyclist will ride to La Grange and spend the night before riding to Austin on Friday. The group will end in Austin at the Memorial marker of Carlos Warren Mar 5, 1991.
On Saturday morning, May 19 the D.P.S. Memorial Ride will be held at the D.P.S. Academy in Austin where other cyclists will take a 30 mile tour honoring all D.P.S. Officers killed in the line of duty. The ride will end back at the Academy at the Memorial Wall where a ceremony honoring those officers will be held.
This is the 4th year of the D.P.S. Memorial Ride and the 3rd year of the Challenge Ride. The main goal of the ride is to Remember Those Who Died.
The Challenge ride consists of a 3 day ride. 2 days riding to Austin and the 3rd day riding in the Memorial Ride on Saturday.