AUSTIN, TEXAS (KWES) - One Odessa Department of Public Safety Trooper received a very special award.
Odessa DPS Highway Patrol Trooper Valerie Lopez received the Javier Arana Jr. Top Trooper Award.
DPS said the award is given every year to the top male and female competitors.
Trooper Lopez competed against other DPS Highway Patrol troopers during the Top Trooper Competition.
The Top Trooper Competition was established in 2012 to recognize outstanding Troopers and to test participants on their physical conditioning, shooting proficiency, driving skills and job knowledge. The award was named in honor of Trooper Javier Arana Jr. who was killed in the line of duty in 2012.
Several other awards were given out to other law enforcement officials during a ceremony.
Congratulations to Trooper Lopez from everyone at NewsWest 9!