To honor Texas State Trooper Jeffrey Don Nichols, who died in the line of duty in 2016, a dedication ceremony of a Tactical Marine Vessel will be held on May 30, 2023 at Cooper Lake.
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m.. Tira Boat Ramp GPS Coordinates (Tira, Texas) 33.31201876550329. -95.61060265475258.
Nichols was born on February 3, 1989, in Idabel, Oklahoma. He was a graduate of Detroit High School where he was valedictorian of his class.
After high school, he attended Stephen F. Austin where he received his Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and associates degree in wildlife biology, where he received honors and made the dean’s list.
In May 2016, a stretch of US-82, from the 4200 block of Lamar Ave. in Paris to the Red River County line, was named “Trooper Jeffrey Nichols Memorial Highway.”
Trooper Nichols began his career with DPS in 2011 and was stationed in Paris, Texas.