Group seeks to rename highway in honor of fallen DPS trooper, Sammy Long

A group of former McCamey High School students and a former Texas Department of Public Safety sergeant has petitioned the Texas Department of Transportation to erect two signs on Highway 67 for DPS Trooper Sammy Long, who was killed in the line of duty in 1976.   The portion of highway the group is asking to rename is on US Highway 67 between McCamey and Rankin. Long, who was a 17-year veteran of DPS, was shot and killed on Nov. 21, 1976, approximately five miles east of Rankin.

A deer hunter from San Angelo who witnessed the attack from nearby shot and killed Long’s assailant.

Recently, forty years after Long’s death, the group petitioned TxDOT to name the section and change the signage in Long’s honor. The committee’s core includes MHS graduates Michael Holguin of Houston and Bruce Fletcher of San Angelo and former DPS sergeant Skipper Hunt of Odessa, who, as a rookie was Long’s partner in 1976.

The group has established an account to help with the cost of official signage at Wells Fargo Bank, 3806 Loop 306, in San Angelo. Donations can also be sent to The Sammy Long Memorial Sign, c/o Bruce Fletcher, 102 Churchill Blvd, San Angelo, TX, 76901.

The Trooper Sammy Long Memorial Golf Tournament will held as a fundraiser for the project June 20 at Bentwood Country Club, 2111 Club House Lane. Cost for the four-person scramble is $125 per player and includes green fee, cart rental, mulligans and entries into contests. Hole sponsorships are available for $100. For tournament information, call Bentwood at 325-944-8575; for hole sponsorship, call Fletcher at 325-450-7366.

Excess funds raised will be donated to the Upton County Fallen Officers Memorial Scholarship Fund in McCamey.