Funeral arrangements set for DPS Trooper

The Texas Department of Public Safety have announced the funeral arrangements for Trooper Jeffrey Nichols, 27, who died in a single-vehicle crash while on duty on Saturday in Lamar County.

There will be two visitations held on Wednesday, March 30th at Fry-Gibbs Funeral Home in Paris, Texas.

Law enforcement and emergency services personnel will hold a private visitation from 5 P.M. to 6 P.M. and a public visitiation is set for 6 P.M. to 8 P.M.

Trooper Nichols' funeral is scheduled for Thursday, March 31st at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ in Paris, Texas at 2 P.M.

“For more than four years, Trooper Jeffrey Nichols bravely and faithfully answered the call of duty to protect and serve his fellow Texans,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Very few people have what it takes to be a peace officer, and DPS is eternally grateful for Trooper Nichols’ selfless dedication to this department and the entire state of Texas. He will always be part of the DPS family.”

According to DPS, Trooper Nichols died on Saturday after he lost control of his patrol car and crashed into a tree on FM 38 near Tigertown. He died at the scene.

“DPS and the State of Texas have lost one of our finest in the line of duty,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Every day Trooper Nichols honored his pledge to proudly protect the people of Texas, and his service and sacrifice will always be cherished and remembered. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones during this extremely difficult time.”

According to DPS, Trooper Nichols joined the department in August 2011 and was stationed in Paris. He is the 218th DPS officer to die in the line of duty since 1837. He is survived by his parents, sister and brother.

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