Texas Trooper German Chavez (left) now of McAllen, Texas is pictured here accepting a check from Sr. Lieutenant James D. Reyer, Highway Patrol – Houston, representing the DPS Officers Association.
The check was given in the name of the DPSOA membership to help defray expenses incurred in connection with the hospitalization of Trooper Chavez’ infant daughter Mia Isabella. Mia was born with a congenital heart condition that required extensive hospitalization and constant care at the Texas Children’s Hospital in the Houston.
Hurricane Ike was the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane and third major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. It was a Cape Verde-type hurricane, as it started as a tropical disturbance off the coast of Africa near the end of August, then tracked south of Cape Verde and slowly developed. On September 1, it became a tropical storm west of the Cape Verde islands.
Many of our Troopers and their families have experienced damage to their homes and property loss from hurricane Ike. DPS Officers Association has been quick to provide assistance to our members in the form of financial support, approximately $8400 as of September 23, and $2000 in mission specific clothing. DPSOA will continue to respond to member’s requests for help.
Trooper inspecting a barge left high and dry by Ike.
Lieutenant Estella D. Valenzuela resides in Midland, Texas where she is assigned to the DPS, Driver License Division. She is pictured with Texas Rangers Captain Barry Caver, (Retired) receiving a check from the DPS Officers Association to help defray significant medical expenses incurred in her battle with cancer. The DPS Officers Association was happy to have the opportunity to help the Valenzuela family in light of the many hardships they faced.
The good news is that Lt. Valenzuela was recently declared cancer free, following a series of tests that included a CT scan and bone marrow biopsy. Through these difficult and uncertain times Estella felt very blessed by the help of family, friends, and DPSOA.