Brownwood troopers saddened by former colleague's death


BROWNWOOD, Texas - A state highway trooper killed in a crash over the weekend in Temple spent more than four years working in Brownwood, according to the Department of Public Safety.

Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper died Saturday during a traffic stop after a pickup truck hit his patrol car on I-35 in Bell County, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Some of Nipper's former colleagues are still stationed in Brownwood, including his former partner, Senior Trooper Martin Molotsky.

"It just kills you to think that a very simple movement can cost somebody their life," Molotsky said.

Molotsky has been a highway trooper for 29 years, and during that time he's seen a few of his colleagues die while in the line of duty. His beloved co-worker, Sgt. William Karl Keesee, died in October of 2015 in a car crash in Mills County.

"It's absolutely horrible that something like that would happen to [Nipper]. Absolutely horrible," Molotsky said. "And the world is going to be a lot less happy without him in it."

DPS Spokesman Sgt. Frederick Biddle confirmed Nipper worked in their Brownwood office from August 2006 to January 2010.

At the time of the wreck, Nipper was stationed in Temple. He leaves behind a wife and three children, which Molotsky said were the center of his life.

"He was a very strong family man and he was working hard to make sure his children got through college," he said.

Funeral arrangements are still pending.