AUSTIN — Today, State Representative Doug Miller, Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve McCraw, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb, M.D., Trooper Vetter’s widow, Cynthia Vetter, and his father, Kermit Vetter, joined the Texas Department of Transportation on the grounds of the San Marcos Courthouse for the Trooper Randall Wade Vetter sign dedication and unveiling.
Trooper Vetter was remembered by county and state officials and family members during the regular session of the Hays County Commissioners Court and was honored for his ultimate sacrifice as two memorial signs were unveiled and installed along I-35 in Hays County. The 2013 legislative action that authorized the memorial highway designation program was sponsored by Representative Miller.
“It is so important that we recognize law enforcement and first responders for their heroism. We don’t know the totality of risk that these people are exposed to from day to day until the ultimate sacrifice is made,” Representative Miller said. “As a former peace officer and longtime Vetter family friend, this touches me personally.”
Trooper Vetter was killed in the line of duty in Hays County in August 2000 during a traffic stop near Yarrington Road and I-35. In prepared remarks, Cynthia Vetter, Vetter’s widow, stated the highway signs were similar to the messages of resilience worn by Boston Marathon runners at a photo taken for the one-year anniversary of the explosions that symbolically replaced their terror of that day with a portrait of strength.
“This day is not just about highway signs, it is about taking the images of horror, devastation and loss of Randy’s death and replacing them with something positive,” Vetter said. “I appreciate everyone’s support, especially my extended DPS family, who will always remain a part of my family’s life.”
More than 50 DPS troopers were in attendance at the memorial sign unveiling, many of whom knew and worked with Trooper Vetter.
“Trooper Vetter served with great distinction, and when faced with a no-win scenario, he chose compassion over his own safety,” Director McCraw said. “He’ll forever be a hero.”
The Trooper Randy Vetter Memorial Highway marks a 5.8-mile stretch of I-35 from River Ridge Parkway on the north side of San Marcos to RM 150 in Kyle.
“We are pleased that we can remember Trooper Vetter by naming a highway for him and installing these signs so that all can remember him for his service,” Judge Cobb said. “The next time you are pulled over for an infraction, thank the officer who stopped you for protecting you and putting his or her own life in danger.”
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