Trooper Daniel Morrison Higdon, Jr.

Trooper Daniel Morrison Higdon, Jr.

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, March 13, 1983

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Daniel Morrison Higdon, Jr.

Trooper Daniel Higdon was killed after being crushed between two tractor-trailers while conducting a traffic stop in Smith County. He and another trooper had pulled over two tractor-trailers for traffic violations. As Trooper Higdon and one of the truck drivers stood between the two trucks, one of them rolled back, crushing both men between the trucks.

Both Trooper Higdon and the truck driver succumbed to their injuries.

Trooper Higdon had served with the Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol for eight years and had been stationed at Tyler. He was survived by his wife, son, mother, and two brothers.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 8 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by vehicle

traffic stop

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I think about Dan every year at Christmas. He was my Daddy's partner many many moons ago!!! I absolutely adored him!! When I was about 6, my Daddy (Glynn Harris) had Dan dress up as Santa and surprise me during dinner one night in Canton! I went to the door and was so beside myself with excitement at seeing Santa! He came in and we went over to the fireplace and I sat on his knee. Upon closer inspection, I recognized my Dad's partner, and said "you're not Santa, you're Dan Higdon"!. He proceeded to tell me he was the real Santa, at which time, I was overcome with fear that I had just insulted The Santa Clause, and went to bed the new week, wondering if I was even going to get anything now!! I mean, what kid insults Santa, in your very own house, just before Christmas!!!! I will never forget that evening!!!! I'm pretty sure he had no clue what an impression he left on my life! All these years later, I still miss him but anytime I am at the DPS office, I stop and touch his picture framed in the lobby. He was an amazing man!!

Krista Harris
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December 20, 2021

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