Portion of Highway 83 dedicated to fallen DPS Trooper Eduardo Chavez
MISSION, TX — At a roadside ceremony near the Starr/Hidalgo County Line, Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. unveiled a roadside marker dedicating a 5 mile stretch of U.S. Highway 83 as a memorial to fallen Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Eduardo Chavez. Surrounded by family of Trooper Chavez, state and local leaders and fellow law enforcement officers, Rep. Muñoz officially recognized the 5 mile stretch, starting near the Starr/Hidalgo County line and proceeding northwest to Farm-to-Market Road 2360, as the “Trooper Eduardo Chavez Memorial Highway."
Among those in attendance were Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steven McCraw, Texas DPS Regional Commander Jose Rodriguez, Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra, Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra, Precinct 3 Constable Larry Gallardo and Precinct 4 Constable Atanacio "J.R." Gaitan.
Patrol Trooper Eduardo Chavez was killed in the line of duty on May 2, 2006 while responding to assist another Trooper with a felony narcotics stop. Trooper Chavez was a 3-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety after working as a Hidalgo County Sheriff's deputy. Trooper Chavez was a native of Hidalgo County and comes from a law enforcement family. He was 30 years old and is survived by his wife of five years, Iliana.
During the 83rd Legislative session, Rep. Muñoz passed H.B. 442 to commemorate the life and service of Trooper Chavez. “The highway memorial on behalf of Trooper Chavez allows Texans to acknowledge and pay respect towards individuals who sacrifice their lives to keep us safe,” stated Muñoz. Following the unveiling, Rep. Muñoz hosted a small ceremony at his District Office where he presented Trooper Chavez's wife and son with a Texas flag that was flown over the Texas State Capitol.