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Troopers Show Up at Baseball Game for Colleague's Son after He Was Shot

Dayna Remus
Mar 09, 2022
10:20 P.M.
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A man caught in the middle of a mass shooting was rushed to hospital, leaving many individuals praying for his recovery. But, would their love help him survive his battle injuries? 

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Human beings are social creatures, and, especially when we face dark times, we need our loved ones to support us. 

In one young boy and his father's case, their whole community embraced them with love, giving them the strength to push through a difficult period in their lives. 

DPS members watching a baseball game. │Source: facebook.com/Texas Department of Public Safety

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A HORROR-FILLED TRAUMA

The Bryan Mass shooting left many individuals scarred for their lives, with one family uneasy after the father, Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar, was injured in the incident. 

The Texan Trooper tried to arrest the suspect on April 8, 2020, at the shooting, when he was shot and ended up in hospital.

On his way to receive medical treatment, Trooper Trainers waited for Tovar, saluting him to show their admiration for his actions.

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ALWAYS THERE FOR YOU

As one can surmise, his colleagues were not about to leave him and his family to face this challenge alone. The Texas Department of Public Safety took to Facebook to show their support, and their post partially read

"Tovar has a long road to recovery, but his DPS family will be there with him as he works to improve his condition."

They included a picture of the members standing in a row alongside a fence, watching their injured Tovar's son play a baseball game.

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A STANDING OVATION

The post became incredibly popular and has gained 11,000 reactions, 23,000 shares, and just under 600 comments. One individual wrote

"I ate dinner in Madisonville last night, where I saw 5 of the troopers enjoying a meal together. Thank you for the support you show for each other and their family. [sic]"

Many echoed this sentiment of gratitude, sending prayers to the Troopers, Tovar, and his relatives. A good number of commenters expressed their pride in Texas, stating that these kind actions reflected the Lone Star State. 

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COMING HOME

The Department announced on Twitter on April 14, 2021, that Tovar was leaving the hospital and that they would be by his side on his road to recovery. Companion Kathy Simpson said

"Trooper Tovar is very special and dear to my heart, me and my family. I'm so thankful that he's home with his family, his immediate family, and his Madison County family."

If that wasn't enough, on June 19, 2021, a benefit was held for this dad. Although dealing with physical injuries, this trooper also had invisible scars -- something that can only heal within the space of a loving community. 

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BEYOND UNEXPECTED

Support for those in need can come from many people and places, considering how interconnected the world is due to the internet. 

One teenager Keslar, attempted to support the elderly in nursing homes during the COVID-19 lockdown. Only 92-year-old Jean Peck responded -- the two forming a deep bond. 

Upon hearing from Peck's family that her dear companion was in hospice with not much time left, she took a plane to New York. 

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When she walked into her pen pal's room, the elderly lady's relatives informed Keslar that she was unresponsive.

However, they were all shocked when the teen made her way to Peck's bedside, who then held out her hand and opened her eyes. 

The elderly lady eventually passed, but how she reacted to her young friend's visit proves how imperative it is to be there for one another.  

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