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Highway dedicated for fallen Trooper

By Melissa McCaghren

Slatonite GM

A large gathering of law enforcement, students, honored guests and family gathered to remember his service Thursday morning (Nov. 21) during a dedication ceremony of the Trooper Jerry Don Davis Memorial Highway.

Two brown highway markers were constructed – all through donations, to mark the part of Hwy. 84 where Slaton is located.

Barbara Fowler and the late D.W. “Dubbin” Englund spearheaded the project along with others, and fundraising was completed recently.

Davis, 25, was killed Oct. 5, 1980 during a traffic stop. The suspect was later apprehended and sentenced to life in prison.

He had served with the Slaton Police Department and then the Texas Department of Highway Safety Patrol.

Davis’ family was in attendance for the unveiling of the markers.

State Sen. District 28 Charles Perry, State Rep. District 83 Dustin Burrows, members of Jerry Don Davis’ family, the Texas Department of Transportation who installed the signs, and others were honored guests.

For more information, please read the Thursday edition of The Slatonite.

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