Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
May 22, 2012
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Congratulates Bastrop Area State Troopers on Wildfire Response Efforts
Troopers were commended by the Department of Public Safety for exemplary service

Austin, Texas—State Senator Glenn Hegar (R, of Katy) is proud and honored by the outstanding work performed last summer by central Texas DPS troopers in fighting the disastrous wildfires that swept through Bastrop County.

"The Bastrop wildfires demanded immediate, courageous, and competent action, and that is exactly what the brave men and women DPS tasked with response efforts provided," said Senator Hegar, "their selfless action was critical to managing the disaster and ensuring lives and property were protected at the height of the crisis. I am proud of their outstanding performance and commend the Department of Public Safety for recognizing them publicly."

From the Department of Public Safety's press release:

The Bastrop Highway Patrol Sergeant Area received a Unit Citation today for their work during the historic and devastating Bastrop County wildfire that started on Sept. 4, 2011. The sergeant and troopers stationed in the Bastrop area joined the fight against the destructive fire even as the blaze threatened their own homes and families. The fire raged for two weeks, burning more than 34,000 acres, destroying more than 1,600 homes, and displacing thousands of residents. In a tireless effort to respond to the wildfire, area troopers worked around the clock to block roadways, guide endangered residents to safety and provide necessary assistance to save lives and assist residents impacted by this disaster. Sgt. Tony Thompson, Cpl. Keith Jenkins, and Troopers Burke Wray, Keith Montgomery, Clifford Drake, Darryl Tidwell, James Perry, Rueben Corbell, Michael Monaghan and Craig Swantner were all recognized as part of the Unit Citation.

Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming land that has been in his family since the mid 1800's. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.