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Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

Senior Trooper

Thomas Patrick Nipper

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 63

Tour: 43 years, 10 months

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile crash

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Senior Trooper Tom Nipper was killed in a vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop on southbound I-35, near Midway Drive, in Temple.

He was sitting in his patrol car during the stop when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The impact caused the patrol car to strike the stopped vehicle and Trooper Nipper. He was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Trooper Nipper had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for almost 35 years and served in law enforcement for 43 years. He had previously served with the Nolanville Police Department, Hereford Police Department, Coryell County Sheriff's Office, Belton Police Department, and Gainseville Police Department.

Trooper Nipper won numerous awards during his tenure including the Field Major’s award for going beyond the call of duty to find and save the life of an abducted child.

He is survived by his wife and three children.

Please contact the following agency to send condolences or to obtain funeral arrangements:

Director Steven McCraw
Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol
5805 North Lamar Boulevard
Austin, TX 78752

Phone: (512) 424-2000

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A true American Hero. My condolences to Family, Friends and Colleagues.

John Olmstead
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November 19, 2017

 

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