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Trooper Troy Merle Hogue | Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas


Troy Merle Hogue

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, December 30, 1994
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Reflections for Trooper Troy Merle Hogue


Hogue family: I don't know you nor did I know Troy however, my best friend and old Army roommate Shawn Younger is a TX Trooper and I respect all that you guys do down there and the risks and sacrifices Troopers and their families make. Thinking of you on this day.


Sgt Steve McQuirns
82nd Airborne Div
December 30, 2013

Just thinking of you and your family today, rest in peace my friend.

Sergeant Randy Isbell
Grand Prairie Pollce Department
December 30, 2013

Troy was my friend. We worked together at Big Spring Police Department. We worked hard and we had good times. This was the life that Troy was cut out for. May his memory live forever in the hearts of Law Enforcement

David Spilman (Retired)
Sugar Land Police Department
December 29, 2013

I grew up in Big Spring and had the great pleasure of transferring there and working for 7 years as a Trooper and 3 as the Sergeant. Your old partners took me under their wing and I always heard great stories of what an exceptional man you were. I had the pleasure of meeting much of your fine family at the various anniversaries and dedications over the years. Today I'm on a drug interdiction operation on the US/Mexican Border near McAllen. It is with great pleasure that I get to hear your name spoken proudly in the form of "This is DPS Patrol Craft Hogue reporting 12 in custody on the U.S. side for smuggling," etc. You may be gone from this earth for a time, but you legacy lives on through the Texas DPS and in the hearts of your family.

Sergeant Thomas Moore
Texas Department of Public Safety
September 22, 2013

Trooper Hogue,
Sir, it has been 18 years since your End of Watch but you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol
December 31, 2012

I worked with him at Big Spring Police Department. He was a very caring and wonderful Law Enforcement Officer.

Kimberley Phillips, retired
June 14, 2012

I knew Troy from the time he was just old enough to ride a tricycle...We were neighbors and he would ride his bike up to
the end of our sidewalk and wait on me to come home from school. I thought he just had a crush on an older woman!!
How very funny when I learned the real truth...he was interested in my BOOKS..which he always wanted to carry home for me.. He just had this great desire to go to school .I baby sat him and his sisters many times and then as we were older I became one of his dispatchers at Big Spring Police Department. What a great guy he grew up to be and what a great Police Officer he was...I miss him so much!!!! What a tragic waste to lose him !!!!

Janet Escobedo
February 8, 2012

I'm from Big Spring and we all remember the kid that pulled this cowardly stunt. At least the Big Spring Police Department building is now named the Troy M. Hogue building.

I'm sorry for what happened in this situation Troy and for you family's loss. God Bless you and your family

Deportation Officer - Federal Officer
January 12, 2012

Troy was more than a officer of the law, he was my friend. We went to school together and he was always nice to me. I miss him greatly and pray that he rest in peace. Thank you Troy for always having a shoulder I could lean on and an ear to listen to my problems. I know heaven has a wonderful angel to watch over us all.

Mary (Sayers) Churchwell
December 3, 2011

Troy Hogue and Jerry Edwards took me under their wing when I was in high school and involved in the police explorer program. I have not run accross many men of higher character and morale than they had. They loved their families, their choice of profession and wanted to pass on to younger generations what it meant to be proud to wear the badge. For that, I am forever grateful.

Joe Travland

Retired Texas Peace Officer
Alpine Police Department Retired
November 23, 2011

I joined the Big Spring Police Department as a dispatcher in August 1981. Troy was my desk Sergent while I was employeed there. Troy become more than just my desk Sergent, he was mine and my best friend Darla's friend. You couldnt ask for a more kinder, caring person. It is a shame that he was taken the way he was and much much to soon!! Even though so many years have pasted, Darla and I enjoy remembering all the good times we shared with Troy. He was a very special person, and will ALWAYS remain in our thoughts and hearts. Troy, you will never be forgotten!! We love and miss you dearly!

Cathy Harvey-Kirby & Darla Haynes-Greenw
Sumter South Carolina
June 30, 2011

I still miss you Troy. Everytime I talk to your Mom and Daddy on the phone, I still hear the sadness, feel the unspoken pain of losing you. Life goes on, but we certainly feel the void in our lives without you. Your passing has altered our families life forever.

Forever in our hearts~Love you Troy!

Bev Hogue-Harris
May 24, 2011

i was working for the big spring pd when troy came there. i was his training officer,we became very good friends during that time.i left and joined dps and was stationed in breckenridge when i saw the article of his death in the abilene paper.i was so heart broken i cried for days.it took so long to get over his death.i loved him like a brother.it was so cold the day of his funeral.my oldest son is a state trooper in throckmorton tx.troy would come to the house and play and hold him when he was little,i worry all the time about him.i know troy is in gods hands. bless you troy i will see you one day.

senior trooper robert bob sims
texas highway patrol-breckenridge tx
March 20, 2010

Troy, although our time time together at Big Spring PD was short I considered you a good friend. You were one of those guys that was always in a good mood and brought everybodys spirits up when they were around you. You always conducted yourself in a professional manner while on duty and every officer you worked with felt safe when they knew you "had their back". I'll never forget the time we went crusin the park in "Captain Crunch" with the guys. I am proud to have worked with you. You will always be loved and missed. Sleep well my brother until we meet again.

Mike Crawford
January 7, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 15th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 7, 2010

Trooper Hogue,
On today, the 15th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


December 31, 2009

Troy was a cousin who I never had the chance to meet but I am proud of him and for his dedication. Thank You.


Brenda "gulley" Robinson
August 15, 2009

Trooper Hogue, I did not know you but have heard many great things about you since I have joined the Highway Patrol. I know that you are in the thoughts of many on this date but you will always be in the thoughts of your brothers of the Texas Highway Patrol. You will never be forgotten. Thank you.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol
December 31, 2008

Trooper Troy served proudly and was deeply loved and respected by those who knew him. It is a tragedy to lose him. We never know when our lives on this earth will end, but we can make a reservation in Heaven now and assure us a place when God calls us to Himself. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6) and He PAID the price for our sins on the Cross so we don't have to pay the penalty for our sins. Yipee! If we accept His payment by faith we can have salvation and spend eternity with Him in Heaven. It is not something we must earn, it is a gift. The most precious one we can ever receive. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith_and this not from yourselves, it is the GIFT of God_not by good deeds, so that no one can boast." Ephesians 2: 8,9. For without faith, it is impossible to please God. And our faith must be in God's only Son, Jesus Christ.
You were a credit to the uniform, Trooper Troy. My heart goes out to your
loved ones left behind and may the Lord comfort them as only He can.

You were honored on the website today. Thank you for your service and
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

November 20, 2008

"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 whos 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
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
March 3, 2008

I had the honor of meeting Troy when I was doing ride alongs with the Howard County Sheriffs Office. He gave me encouragement to continue seeking a career in law enforcement. I was a truck driver then and I remember that night because I passed by as he was being covered. I knew then I had to become a police officer and do my part to insure that others could be safe in their daily lives. I became a police officer and someday hope to return to Big Spring-Howard County and serve law enforcement there. My thoughts and prayers to Troys family, friends and co-workers. May God keep you and your family in his grace, protect your loved ones and give all peace.

Larry Witkowski
January 24, 2008


December 28, 2007

Rest in peace my brother. We worked many days together at Big Spring PD. The last time I saw and talked to you was when you came over to Midland to help us with traffic control with the "Baby Jessica" in the well incident. You had just got accepted by DPS and was so happy and proud of your accomplishment, and I congratulated you. See ya one day my friend...Uncle Bob

Retire Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Police Department
April 6, 2007

I was only 14 years old when Mr. Hogue was murdered. I remember vividly the emotions that went through my family at that time. We used to live right down the street from the Hogue family in Big Spring and I remember many conversations between my step-dad and Mr. Hogue. I remember watching the news with my parents that night and the shock that flowed through all of us at that moment. Mr. Hogue was a very nice man and my heart went out to his family. Now everytime I hear of an officer fatality I think of the Hogue family. I pray that everyone is in good health and that they know how many people thought Mr. Hogue was a wonderful man. God Bless!

Tara Smith
Fort Bend CSCD
May 2, 2006

Troy was my father, and a great one he was! I just happened to come across this page and saw all of the wonderful comments that brought tears to my eyes. Thank you. I was only 9 when my dad died, but I remember many things about him. I remember when he would do his lights on his car for me (his police car) and how he called me his "little red-headed girl." I think about him everyday and talk to him when I pray at night. I miss him so much and only wish I could have had more time with him. I feel he is in my heart and is with me all the time. He would have been 50 August 28th, 2005, and on that day all I could think of was his big birthday party we would be having with the family if he was still here.I am 20 years old now and should graduate May 20th and be an RN. I only hope that when I am a nurse I can deliver the same caring, helpful manner my dad did as a highway patrolman. He was such a wonderful dad, husband, and every other title he ever was. Dad I love you so much~ love, "your little red-headed girl."

Jennifer Hogue
February 28, 2006


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