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Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, November 4, 2017

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Reflections for Senior Trooper Thomas Patrick Nipper

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one who’s blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 5, 2017

I am heartbroken to hear that once again a police officer has died while conducting a routine traffic stop.
God bless you Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper for your service and sacrifice.

My heart is with Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper's family and friends, and the first responders who rushed to the scene.
In heaven and in our heart those we love live forever.

C Dulfer
Former Medstar EMS, Fort Worth Texas

Fmr Medstar EMS
Fort Worth, Texas

November 5, 2017

God Speed, Brother.

Sgt. K. Murphy
Union PD, NJ

November 5, 2017

So very sorry for the loss of this officer, husband and father. Thank you for your service, Trooper Nipper! Will keep his family and friends in prayer for peace and comfort.

Karen Oliphant

November 5, 2017

Go with Gods speed my brother

John Welborn
Weatherford Police Department

November 5, 2017

Rest In Peace Tom, we got it from here.

Bruce Bacos
Bell County Sheriff's Department

November 5, 2017

We are deeply saddened by this news and pray for the Amazing Grace of God to go out to the family and friends of Trooper Nipper and this time and into the future. Thanks for your faithful service Trooper Nipper.

Chaplain James Gysel
Calhoun County Michigan Sheriff's Office

November 5, 2017

Requiescat in Pacem!

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

November 5, 2017

Trooper Nipper, Family, Public Safety Family and Friends,

35 Years my brother, that is true dedication and service. Thank you

Rest in Peace Sir.

Cpl. Jesse Cook (Retired)
Georgia Department of Natural Resources - Law Enforcement Division

November 5, 2017

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

November 5, 2017

Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper, rest in peace.
Thank you for your lengthy service.

Sincere condolences to family & friends.

Sgt. Randy Keenan (Ret)
City of Alameda, CA Police Deptartment

November 5, 2017

Rest In Peace Trooper Nipper

Officer James Friedman, Retired
Naval Weapons Station Charleston, SC

November 5, 2017

Rest with God Trooper Nipper. Your ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

retired Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

November 5, 2017

10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

Michael Harmon
Bell County Communications

November 5, 2017

May Trooper Nipper Rest In Peace and my God ease the pain his family is now having.

S/A Bobby White (retired)
Federal Aviation Administration

November 5, 2017

RIP sir From the Guys and Gals at Rogers Vol Fire Dept. You are in our Prayers...

Slvin Warwick Asst: Chief RVFD
Rogers Vol Fire Dept.

November 5, 2017

Rest in Peace My Brother in Blue.

"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be Called Sons of God." Matthew 5:9

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

November 5, 2017

Thank you for your service Trooper. God's speed brother. Rest easy sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden

November 5, 2017

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest \ Salute!

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD-IMPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

November 5, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli

November 5, 2017

To the family
Your dear love one now takes their rest and awaits the time when 'all those in the memorial tombs will hear Jesus' voice and come out.'"John 5:28

Sincere condolences
From the Hollins family

Cecile Hollins
Temple Texas citizen

November 5, 2017

Rest In Peace

Civilian Trevor Sumlin
Charlotte, NC

November 5, 2017

Rest In Peace, and God speed

Major Eno U Fite
Dallas Police Department

November 5, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

November 5, 2017

GOD SPEED! Thank you for all service and ultimate sacrifice.

Ms Amber Benham

November 5, 2017

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