A trooper with the department of public safety, Kenneth Burman, has received the DPS Purple Heart award for assisting a driver in Orange County.
On October 4, 2016, Trooper Kenneth Burman was assisting a driver of a truck pulling a flatbed trailer that had become disabled and partially within the westbound lane of traffic on IH-10 in Orange County. Trooper Burman positioned his patrol unit behind the disabled vehicle with the emergency lights activated. Burman returned to his vehicle, and while in the front seat, his patrol unit was struck by a Ford pickup truck. The impact caused Trooper Burman’s unit to strike the rear of the flatbed trailer. Burman was transported to a local hospital via Air Rescue. He sustained serious injuries and subsequently underwent multiple surgeries to treat his injuries. After much physical therapy and rehabilitation he has returned to duty and is now stationed in Hardin County.