Fallen trooper honored with highway dedication

Fallen trooper honored with highway dedication

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

(Press Release): 

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) today held a dedication ceremony for a portion of U.S. Highway 84 newly designated in honor of DPS Trooper Jonathan McDonald, who died in the line of duty in 2010. Trooper McDonald’s family, Texas Public Safety Commissioner Randy Watson, DPS Regional Director Gary Albus, DPS leadership, fellow troopers, area law enforcement and county and city officials attended the ceremony at the Post High School Gymnasium.

The Trooper Jonathan McDonald Memorial Highway, created by the 85th Texas Legislature, consists of a section of U.S. Highway 84 south of Southland that stretches through Garza County to the Scurry County line.

“Trooper McDonald was a proud member of this department, who faithfully devoted himself to serving and protecting others at all costs,” said Commissioner Watson. “Texas will forever remember Trooper McDonald’s selfless sacrifice, and he and his loved ones will always be a part of the DPS family.”

“Trooper McDonald proudly and courageously served the citizens of Texas,” said DPS Region 5 Director Gary Albus. “The Trooper Jonathan McDonald Memorial Highway will be an enduring and fitting tribute for this Texas hero. He will live on in our hearts, and his sacrifice will never be forgotten.”  

“DPS is immensely grateful for the 85th Texas Legislature and local leaders whose hard work made this memorial highway designation a reality,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Trooper McDonald bravely answered the call to serve and protect the citizens of Texas and his community, willingly putting the safety of others before himself. We are honored that his legacy will be synonymous with the Texas Department of Public Safety, forever.”   

McDonald joined DPS in 2008 and was stationed in Post at the time of his death. Trooper McDonald died in a vehicle crash while responding to a separate crash south of Post. He was survived by a wife and one daughter, his parents, and two brothers.

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