East Texas highway to be dedicated in honor of fallen DPS trooper
GREGG COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - A section of U.S. Highway 80 in Gregg and Harrison counties will be dedicated in honor of a fallen Texas Highway Patrol trooper.
On Thursday, U.S. 80 between U.S. Highway 259 and Loop 281 in Longview will be renamed as Trooper Timothy Wade McDermott Memorial Highway.
McDermott died in May 1995 after his vehicle left the road near Hearne, Texas and overturned, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association Auxiliary.
He was traveling to Austin to teach a firearms class.
McDermott had served more than 17 years with the Texas Department of Public Safety and was stationed in Marshall.
In 2021, the 87th Texas Legislature approved the renaming of the highway as a tribute to Trooper McDermott.
The dedication ceremony and memorial scheduled for Thursday afternoon has been postponed due to severe weather passing through East Texas. A new date is yet to be announced.
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