After a tragedy on an East Texas road when an 18-wheeler cut short the life of an East Texas DPS trooper's. Thursday, black bands cover badges and flags are at half staff in Gilmer, for the man known to these officers as quiet and good-natured.
"To lose someone as young as Todd is and just starting out in his career its really a tragedy it upsets the community and upsets the other officers" said Upshur County sheriff Anthony Betterton.
Out of training for just a year and a half, this was trooper Todd Holmes' first job in law enforcement.
"Its a scary thing you know it could happen you just don't ever expect it to happen" said Upshur Justice center employee Kimberly Peel.
Those that knew him and worked with him say he was a dedicated state trooper but he was more than that, he was a family man and father constantly talking about his wife and children. Well known to his fellow officers, the joys of Todd Holmes' life. His children. A father of 3 boys, ages 3 - two - and one...with one on the way.
"He talked about his family with my clerks all the time and tell us how his kids were doing. He would always tell us about his little boys and he'd laugh when he'd tell us about them" said Upshur county justice of the peace, Lyle Potter.
"He loved his children and had a little girl on the way that he was very excited about" said Peel.
Friends say he had such a bright future. Some still cannot find the words to express their sense of loss.
"We always search for that answer and its not there" Potter says.
A memorial fund has been set up for the family of trooper Holmes' you can contribute in his name at Gilmer national bank. the service is Saturday at 2pm at the Alpine church of Christ in Longview.