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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


Brother, so many years of service and now a well earned retirement is taken from you. Your family both at home and work are in our prayers.

God Bless and may you forever Rest in Peace, Trooper.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department
November 8, 2017

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over six years. I pray that Tom's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011
November 8, 2017

I came to know Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper when I worked At Scott and White Emergency Department in Temple, Texas. Saw him occasionally outside of work when he would be with his family and friends. Always the Professional; always the family man...always the nerdy straight guy to his colleague Trooper Bobby King. Thomas was going to finally retire next year...I have been asking God all week, “Why, Nipper, Father? He just wanted to retire next year.” The Heavens are silent on the matter and we are left with heavy hearts. All we can do is comfort the family...support each other...appreciate the moments we have with each other. No “purpose” seems right nor fair...death has come once more...in Thomas’ case, I can only imagine, Thomas’ colleague Senior Trooper Bobby Lee King standing at the door waiting and saying, “Tom, I’ve been waiting for you...about time you showed up...the crowd is hot for a good laugh!”

Carrie Chism Delaney BSN RN
Licensed Paramedic (ret)/ Registered Nurse
November 8, 2017

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Texas Highway Patrol. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH
November 7, 2017

Rest in Peace, Trooper Nipper. Thank you for 34 years of service, and your ultimate sacrifice. May God wrap His loving arms around your family and friends. God Bless You, Sir.

Noranne Stubbs Lenox - Office Coordinato
Arizona Departmetn of Public Safety
November 7, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother Trooper

Future Trooper Cadet Rick Helms
Texas DPS
November 7, 2017

Rest in peace Senior Trooper Tom Nipper. Thank You for your service to the State of Texas. My condolences to your entire family and your law enforcement family. I know they were all proud of you. You will be missed, but you will have a special place in our hearts. May God Bless You. You are now a very Special Angel.

Donna Niekamp
November 7, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with Trooper Nipper's family and the Texas Highway Patrol. May God bless and thank you for your 34 plus years of service to the citizens of the State of Texas.

Colonel Jeff Groh
Clark County Indiana Sheriff's Office
November 7, 2017

RIP my friend. Another sad sad day.

Det Marty Mooney ( Ret )
November 7, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Investigator Stephen Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Dept. Tx
November 7, 2017


Sergeant James Hallgrimson
Arrow Security Inc.
November 7, 2017

Rest in peace Brother Thomas.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant Police Department
Nahant, MA
November 7, 2017

Our prayers and condolences go out to the family and the Texas Department of Public Safety. May Trooper Nipper rest in peace.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit
November 7, 2017

Trooper Nipper, thank you for your service to our country and to your community. Your brothers and sisters in blue from South Carolina are keeping you, your family, friends and co-workers in our thoughts and prayers during this tragic time.

Alan Kramitz
North Charleston, S.C.
November 7, 2017

I am so very sorry for your great loss. Many prayers for your family at this extremely difficult time. Thanks to you and all the other officers who watch and protect us each day.

None Pamela Davis
November 6, 2017

Rest in peace brother, we'll take it from here. Thank you for your many years of honorable service, you will certainly be missed. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Trooper Nipper during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Deputy Donnie Meaders
Okfuskee County (OK) S.O.
November 6, 2017

May the good lord welcome you with open arms, for you have done your job well.

Chaplain Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Lodge #187 Mt. Clemens Michigan.
November 6, 2017

Sending prayers to Senior Trooper Nipper's family & loved ones.

April Orange
Daughter of a Retired Police Officer in Tennessee
November 6, 2017

May God welcome you with open arms and may God embrace your family. My respect Sir.

Sgt. David Osborne Jr
Tennessee Highway Patrol
November 6, 2017

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department
November 6, 2017

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Senior Trooper Nipper. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
November 6, 2017

Nipper Family and Friends may you be granted a speedy healing during this time of need. Trooper Nipper thank you for your service to your community and to the Law Enforcement field. 34 years is a long time.

Reserve Sgt. Rudy Jones
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
November 6, 2017

"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said, "No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police Department
November 6, 2017

Prayers and condolences to the family, co-workers and friends of Trooper Thomas Nipper. Thank you for your 35 years of dedicated service. May you rest in peace my brother.

Lt. William Cary Hopkins
Tennessee Highway Patrol
November 6, 2017

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends. Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P. Waggle
November 6, 2017


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