State Trooper Drew Stoner of Rosenberg received the Medal of Valor from the Texas Department of Public Safety during an Aug. 12 ceremony. Stoner was joined by five other officers from across the …
State Trooper Drew Stoner of Rosenberg received the Medal of Valor from the Texas Department of Public Safety during an Aug. 12 ceremony. Stoner was joined by five other officers from across the state in receiving recognition during the ceremony.
“These awards exemplify the bravery and dedication that our employees exhibit on a daily basis within DPS,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “I’m pleased to recognize each of these men and women for their service and commitment to the state of Texas.”
Stoner received the award in recognition of his actions on Feb. 20 of this year. He was leaving his home at the time and noticed two men in a driveway near his cul-de-sac. He witnessed one man shoot the other several times in the chest. The suspect then entered the home with his weapon drawn.
Stoner left his vehicle and entered the house through the front door with his sidearm drawn and shouted commands at the suspect. Startled, the man complied with the order to drop his weapon and lie down on the ground. Stoner then disarmed and apprehended the suspect.
Stoner also identified a woman in the home that had also been shot and provided first aid to her until medical assistance arrived. She survived but the male victim in the situation succumbed to his wounds.
Joining Stoner were Technical Sergeant Kyle McCarty of the Texas Highway Patrol who received a Lifesaving Award for saving a choking victim; Highway Patrolman Curtis “Drew” Woodard who also received a Lifesaving Award for saving a 6-mont-old and the child’s mother from the Rio Grande; Highway Patrol Sergeant Rae Lee for who received the 2020 Outstanding Women in State Government Award for her expertise in crash site reconstruction; Assistant Chief Todd M. Early of the DPS Infrastructure Operations Division who received the Director’s Award for 27 years of service to the state; and Lieutenant Colonel Randall B. Prince, DPS Deputy Director of Law Enforcement Operations who received a Director’s Award for 32 years of service to DPS, including time in the Texas Rangers.