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36-year Veteran Trooper Killed in Crash

36-year Veteran Trooper Killed in Crash

Associated Press

September 21, 2010

A Texas Department of Public Safety trooper died in a wreck in Montague County after his patrol car apparently hit a cow that wandered on to the road.

DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange Mange on Tuesday announced the death of 56-year-old Cpl. David Ralph Slaton of Bowie.

Mange says the accident was reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday near Ringgold, about 30 miles southeast of Wichita Falls.

DPS says the on-duty trooper was northbound on U.S. 81 when his patrol car struck a cow. The impact caused the DPS cruiser to veer into a southbound tractor-trailer rig driven by 37-year-old Brett Douglas Noga of Morrison, Okla. Noga was not injured.

Slaton, who joined DPS in 1974, is survived by his wife and a son.


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    revCCBeasley

    almost 4 years ago

    2944 Comments

    RIP and Prayers to the family,

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    Sheepdog1

    almost 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    MP247

    almost 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Cpl Slaton

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    milcop

    almost 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    RIP my Brother

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    tbailes182

    almost 4 years ago

    540 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends, and loved ones.

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    hgary2003

    almost 4 years ago

    258 Comments

    David was a very close friend of my dad's, and our whole family, my dad was already stationed in Wise County when David finished patrol school in 1974 but they quickly became good friends being they were both from Texarkana. I was only 10 years old when I met David and his wife, but the impact he made on my life by the kind of person he was will stay with me forever. I will miss him.

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    ksphatcop

    almost 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    djs2v

    almost 4 years ago

    5628 Comments

    RIP Trooper Slaton

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    aussie4

    almost 4 years ago

    5328 Comments

    God Bless Leo Slaton and his family.

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    dcrump

    almost 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    R.I.P. our law enforcement brother!

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    retcop104

    almost 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    may the lord be with you. rest in peace.

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    VERYRREAL

    almost 4 years ago

    112 Comments

    RIP-Thanks for your years of service

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    gman3858

    almost 4 years ago

    318 Comments

    Rest in Peace Brother.

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    SULLYMAN

    almost 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in Peace Trooper

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    bsibley

    almost 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    Rest in Peace Trooper Slaton. My prayers to the family, friends and all affected by this tragedy.

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