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Texas game wardens honor fallen officers

Texas Game Warden Memorial Statue (Source: KLTV Staff) Texas Game Warden Memorial Statue (Source: KLTV Staff)
ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - Each day, nearly 500 Texas game wardens dedicate themselves to protecting our state's natural resources. For 18 of those wardens, that dedication cost them their lives. Friday, each of those men were honored.

“It's kind of a reunion when we come here to honor those that have fallen. We treat it like a family. We're just one big family here as game wardens,” said Texas Game Warden Association President Shea Guinn.

One of the fallen is Teyran Patterson, who died May 30, 2007 while attempting to save someone from drowning in the Paluxy River.

His father, Joe Patterson, said Teyran dedicated his life to his work as a game warden.

“He would go to work early morning, late at night, any time. These guys work 24/7... He was quite a young man. He had to have perfection. He couldn't settle for anything less,” he said.

Joe said Friday’s ceremony was bittersweet.

“When you lose somebody as close as a child and when I come to this atmosphere and see these guys in their uniform, it's an atmosphere that you smell, touch, and feel. It brings back those memories and, as I described it, it opens up a hole in your chest,” he said.

Teyran and the other 17 men who have lost their lives now have their names indelibly etched in granite as a reminder of their selfless service to the state of Texas.

“The Texas game wardens still recognize and remember that we do have officers who passed and to take the time for them to honor them with as many guys that [showed] up today is really an honor to me. I truly appreciate being here as a part of this,” said Joe.

The Texas game warden legacy has carried on since 1895. Guinn said Friday’s ceremony was a representation of their brotherhood.

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