San Antonio.- Even though Trooper Russell Boyd was killed in combat almost 30 years ago, his spirit will continue to fight crime.
On August 9 the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) commissioned the Tactical Unit’s fifth new patrol vessel. The Austin ceremony named the boat in honor of Russell Boyd, a Texas trooper killed on duty at the age of 25 on October 11, 1983. The young, heroic trooper was shot after pulling over a fugitive for speeding.
“It is a fitting tribute that this patrol vessel, which will serve on the front lines in the battle against crime here in Texas, will bear the name of this brave young man, who gave his life protecting the citizens of the state of Texas,” commended DPS Director Steven McCraw.
The Russell Boyd will patrol the Rio Grande River and the Intracoastal Waterway and conquer any unlawfulness in the region.
It certainly is equipped to do so. The unstoppable boat is outfitted with multiple automatic weapons for self-defense, ballistic shielding and night vision capabilities. As the finishing touch, the 34-foot vessel is painted an intimidating black and white.
The Russell Boyd is the fifth of six DPS boats commissioned and named in honor of deceased troopers. The other four boats, which are products of the Texas Legislature and federal homeland security grants, are named after officers Bill Davidson, J.D. Davis, Troy Hogue and David Rucker.
“The Russell Boyd will join the fleet of DPS patrol vessels that will significantly enhance the department’s ability to deter and disrupt illegal activity along the Texas coast and Rio Grande River,” McCraw added.
This fleet honoring fallen men will continue to keep the officer’s crime-fighting spirit alive while keeping the people safe.