DPS Hero Remembered in El Paso
AUSTIN – The Trooper Javier Arana Jr. Memorial Monument was dedicated today in El Paso in honor of the fallen trooper, who was killed in a traffic collision March 24. Trooper Arana’s family, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) leadership, fellow troopers, Texas State Senator Jose Rodriguez, and members of the community gathered for the ceremony marking the monument dedication.
“Trooper Arana gave his life for the people of Texas, and today the people of Texas remember his sacrifice,” said Director Steven McCraw. “Trooper Arana will always hold a place of honor with our department, and our thoughts and prayers remain with his family and friends. Trooper Arana will never be forgotten, and this monument will be a constant reminder to Texans and all who visit this memorial site of his courage, sacrifice and unwavering commitment to protecting the people of this great state.”
Trooper Arana was born in Glendale, Calif., and graduated from Parkland High School in El Paso in 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he served in the U. S. Marine Corps. In 2009, he earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice at the University of Phoenix in Santa Teresa, New Mexico. He began working as a DPS trooper in 2010, and was stationed in El Paso as a Highway Patrol trooper at the time of his death. Trooper Arana was the 86th DPS officer to die in the line of duty in DPS history.
Don Metcalf, who has carried on the tradition started by his late brother Richard Metcalf, has helped place stone markers for every DPS officer killed in the line of duty. To read more about Metcalf’s efforts, please visit: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/memorial/. You can view Arana’s memorial at: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/director_staff/public_information/pr072312.htm.
“The Metcalf family and those who have supported them in this endeavor hold a special place in DPS history,” said Director McCraw. “We are humbled by their extraordinary effort to honor the legacy of each and every fallen DPS officer.”