GROESBECK, Texas – Trooper Chad Walker’s legacy spans across Texas, even as news of his death shakes the Lone Star State.
Trooper Chad Walker passed away March 31 from injuries he sustained while in the line of duty, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.
Walker served several places in East Texas in his career. He started his career in the Groesbeck Police Department, then he worked for the Athens Police Department, Henderson County Sheriff’s Office then the Limestone County Sheriff’s Office.
News of his death was announced on social media Wednesday evening. The department said, “Trooper Walker is a hero who bravely served his community. He died following injuries sustained while on patrol.”
According to DPS, Walker had previously been placed on life support in order to be able to donate his organs in a final life saving act.
Trooper Walker and his wife have a 15-year-old son, twin seven-year-old daughters, and a two-month-old daughter.
Walker began working with DPS in 2015 in Groesbeck. He is the 223rd DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1823, according to DPS.
“Our DPS family is absolutely heartbroken at the loss of one of our brothers in uniform who was killed in the line of duty,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Chad Walker was committed to protecting the people of Texas. His sacrifice will never be forgotten, and we ask that you keep his family, friends and colleagues in your prayers during the difficult days ahead.”
Gov. Greg Abbott also released a statement shortly after DPS announced Walker’s death, asking Texas law enforcement officers to turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 1 to honor Trooper Walker.
“Our hearts are with the family and friends of Trooper Walker as they grieve his tragic death in the line of duty. Trooper Walker’s horrific murder is a solemn reminder of the dangers law enforcement officers face every day to keep our communities safe. We will always support law enforcement here in Texas, and we are indebted to the sacrifices that they make to serve and protect their fellow Texans. To honor Trooper Walker and all officers across the Lone Star State, I am asking law enforcement to turn on their red and blue flashing lights for one minute tomorrow afternoon at one o’clock, and I urge my fellow Texans to stand with our police and support them as they work tirelessly to keep our communities safe.”Gov. Abbott
Walker stopped to help a driver in a disabled vehicle on FM 2838 on Friday night when the driver allegedly got out of the vehicle and shot him multiple times.
The accused shooter was found dead Saturday evening with what police believe is a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
A GoFundMe account was created for Walker by Mexia resident Kara Hardin, who said that she has permission of the family to collect funds to assist with medical and travel expenses.
Source: Texas Department of Public Safety