Family remembers Good Samaritan

Trent and Alycia Hepler
Trent and Alycia Hepler

By Bob Hallmark - bio | email

LONGVIEW,TX (KLTV)- Family and friends are remembering an east Texas man, killed while trying to help after a traffic accident.

32-year old Trent Hepler was hit by a truck yesterday, while he was helping a DPS trooper who crashed near Estes parkway in Longview.

When trooper David Rice lost control of his vehicle, sliding off the roadway an crashing through a fence, several motorists began to stop, including Trent.

"He always put everybody before him, he was always there to help, in anyway he could," says Alycia Hepler, Trent's wife of 5 years.

"He was just over here yesterday morning dropping off our granddaughter, normal hello's and goodbyes," said Trent's father Ron Hepler.

Trent was trying to get to across the road to help the trooper, and was struck by a crane truck pulling a trailer that lost control and began to slide. Claiming his life.

"He left us doing what he did best, helping others, he was an amazing husband and father," says Alycia.

He's being remembered as a man who would have done anything to help another person in need.

"He had a good sense of right and wrong, and him helping someone out in need was not unusual' Ron says.

"Still is hard to know he's really gone, we need more men like him out there," says Alycia.

He was a good man, and his family wants east Texans to remember it.

"Go home and tell your kids you love them, today, because you might not get a chance tomorrow, Ron says.

Trent Hepler leaves behind a wife and 3 children. Funeral services for Hepler are set for 2 PM Saturday at Fellowship Bible church on McCann road in Longview.

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