Lubbock Sergeant Presented Purple Heart in Austin
On Thursday, February 11th, the Texas Public Safety Commission presented a Purple Heart to a Lubbock Sergeant and 8 Lifesaving Awards to other members of the Texas Highway Patrol.
Sergeant Jerrod Burtnett of Lubbock received a Purple Heart for his actions back on December 27th, 2019.
Burtnett, who was a Trooper back then, had finished checking on a bystander along the side of the road while he was investigating a series of crashes. These crashes were caused due to zero visibility fog.
Just then, a tractor-trailer lost control and struck another vehicle. It then went into a ditch, hitting more vehicles as well as Burtnett. He suffered serious injuries.
Burtnett has gone through a number of surgeries and continues to improve to this day. He was presented a Purple Heart in recognition of his courageous service and personal sacrifice.
The other 8 Texas Highway Patrol members who received Lifesaving Awards were:
- Jeremy Amis, Waco
- Chad Brooks, Pampa
- Roy Haley, McKinney
- Samuel Perez, Mission
- William Robbins, Greenville
- Cody Sagnibene, Greenville
- (Jonathan) Daniel Britton, Queen City
- Wayne Johnson, Linden
Texas DPS Director Steven McCraw said:
The Texas Highway Patrol has highly-trained, outstanding men and women who embody the DPS motto of courtesy, service, protection, while doing extraordinary things on a daily basis [...] I’m proud to recognize the DPS Troopers today who selflessly went into dangerous situations in order to serve people throughout Texas, saving lives in the process. It’s a privilege to recognize them for their heroic actions.
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