Local state troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Bosque County Sheriff’s Office staff, and area police departments were represented in a memorial ceremony honoring fallen Trooper Chad Walker Thursday, April 1.
A crowd gathered by 1 p.m. to pay their respects. The Clifton, Meridian, and Valley Mills Police Departments were represented, in addition to other agencies and departments in Bosque County. Patrol lights on all vehicles present were activated as the time approached.
Governor [Greg Abbott] made a request statewide that all Texas law enforcement observe a moment of silence and activate their emergency lights at one.” -Sheriff Trace Hendricks, speaking of the ceremony, then offering condolences to the Walker family. “So we wanted to build on that, and have a gathering here where we could have a blessing. They’re in our thoughts and our prayers. We wish them well.”
Justice of the Peace Jeff Hightower delivered a prayer to Walker, his family, and the crowd that arrived to honor his memory. Prior to his current elected office, Hightower served in law enforcement locally for 15 years.
“We come to you, Lord, in prayer,” began Hightower. “Make our request known, especially for the Walker family. We’re asking you to give them the peace and comfort that only you can give. We want to thank you for men like Chad Walker, Lord; all of our law enforcement.”
Troopers, deputies, police officers, and more saluted the flag as it was lowered to half staff. BCSO Lieutenant David Monthey lowered the flag. He attended academy with Walker previously, having known the man to be of good heart and intentions in all those he served.
At approximately 7:45 p.m., on the evening of Friday, March 26th, Texas Highway Patrolman, Chad Walker stopped to provide assistance to what he believed to be a disabled motorist. Unknown to Trooper Walker, that vehicle was occupied by a criminal with no regard for the life of Trooper Walker, a law enforcement officer who is a son, a husband, a father, and a friend to many. – Hendricks, via the Bosque County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page. “This criminal began firing upon the patrol car before Trooper Walker could exit his driver seat. At the moment in time, this criminal prioritized his escape, over the life of a police officer, and servant to his fellow man. On Monday, March 29th, it was determined that Trooper Walker would succumb to his injuries and would pass from this world, taking his place with our Lord and Savior. Being an organ donor, Trooper Walker has continued to serve his fellow man as he provided the gift of life to others. Two of my favorite scriptures in the bible are: John – 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be called the children of God. Trooper Chad Walker exemplifies this and he will always be remembered for his sacrifice for his fellow man. Today, Bosque County Law Enforcement personnel gathered to pay tribute to Trooper Chad Walker. May he rest in peace. Please continue to pray for the family of Trooper Chad Walker, as well as his law enforcement family, as they mourn their loss.“
The solemn ceremony concluded with a moment of silence, and respect observed for Walker.