Troy Merle HogueTexas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, December 30, 1994
Reflections for Trooper Troy Merle Hogue
I spoke with Troy briefly the night he was killed. Near the end of my shift I heard DPS put out the radio broadcast announcing Troy was dead. I was so sad. I grew up near Big Spring and I met Troy when he worked for the local police department. Troy and a few other BSPD officers inspired me to become a police officer. I have served for 28 years and I have people like him to thank for my career. God bless you Troy and all of the women and men who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
Police Chief (Ret.)
December 30, 2015
I knew Troy because of my stepfather Arvin Henry. They worked together at the Big Spring PD. Arvin wrecked his pickup and Troy was the DPS officer that brought him home as a courtesy. After I had two boys and they were of the age to go to a babysitter,school, I discovered Grannies Playhouse and found out it was Troy's mom.She took such good care of my boys and I am forever grateful for those couple of years of her teachings. Thank You. I am sure you raised your son Troy the same way. He was such a fine person. My dad Arvin was a DPS officer many years and my son Justin is a police officer in a suburb of Fayetteville,Ar. We are so proud of our Officer Justin Belew. The memory of Troy Hogue lives on after all these years in many peoples hearts.Stay safe out there to all that chose this profession to protect US.
Gary Belew and Family
December 30, 2014
Police Officer - -
Mesquite (TX) Police Department
December 30, 2014
Troy was my nephew and he killed his first deer with me when he was still a teenager. He was very proud of his 30x30 Winchester rifle that his Daddy and Big Daddy (his grandfather) helped him pick out for his first hunt. He spent 4 days with me and we were in the woods everyday bonding as men have done since the beginning of time. Troy was a very special young man and the world was robbed of a husband, father and son the day that he was murdered by a piece of trash for no other reason except that he was a State Trooper and he had bragged that he was going to kill a cop to his friends. Our family has been devastated by this tragedy since the night that it happened and every time that a Police Officer is killed in this country we are reminded of the pain that the families are going through. The Cop Haters of the world pour salt into our wounded hearts when they call for the death of one of these brave men or women that watch over and protect us when we are going about our lives on a daily basis. Please join me today in praying for Troy's two children, his two sisters, his Mother and Father and all of the other extended family members that love and miss him. Let's also pray for the other Officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our safety and finally we should pray for the men and women that leave the safety of their homes to go out on the streets to fight crime and evil everyday for little compensation or benefits.
Spec. 4 Bobby Killough Army Infantry
December 30, 2014
Troy was my nephew and he killed his first deer with me when he was still a teenager. He was very proud of his 30x30 Winchester rifle that his Daddy and Big Daddy (his grandfather) helped him pick out for his first hunt. He spent 4 days with me and we were in the woods everyday bonding as men have done since the beginning of time. Troy was a very special young man and the world was robbed of a husband, father and son the day that he was murdered by a piece of trash for no other reason except that he was a State Trooper and he had bragged that he was going to kill a cop to his friends. Our family has been devastated by this tragedy since the night that it happened and every time that a Police Officer is killed in this country we are reminded of the pain that the families are going through. The Cop Haters of the world pour salt into our wounded hearts that they call for the death of one of these brave men or women that watch over and protect us when we are going about our lives on a daily basis. Please join me today in praying for Troy's two children, his two sisters, his Mother and Father and all of the other extended family members that love and miss him. Let's also pray for the other Officers that have made the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives for our safety and finally we should pray for the men and women that leave the safety of their homes to go out on the streets to fight crime and evil everyday for little compensation or benefits.
Spec. 4 Bobby Killough Army Infantry
December 30, 2014
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
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 !!!!
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.
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!
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.
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
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 7, 2010
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.
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
November 20, 2008
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
March 3, 2008
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