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- Nov. 04, 2017 -
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Texas DPS - Highway Patrol Patch
Resided: Belton (Bell County)
TX, USA
Born: Mar. 17, 1954  
Fallen: Nov. 04, 2017
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 63 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: Texas DPS - Highway Patrol
5805 North Lamar Blvd.  
Austin, TX   78752-4422   USA
(512)424-2000
County: Travis
Dept. Type: Municiple/Police
Hero's Rank: Trooper
Sworn Date: Unk
FBI Class: Crash
Weapon Class: Vehicle
Agency URL: Click Here
On The Job: 43 years
Bio: Thomas was born on March 17th, 1954 in Waltham, Massachusetts to Tommie Lee Nipper and Rose Piazza Nipper.

After graduating from Copperas Cove high school in 1973, he obtained an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Central Texas College. His first assignment as a police officer was in Nolanville, Texas. He served additional stations at Hereford, Coryell County Sheriff department, the Belton police department, and Gainesville police department. From there, he entered the DPS Academy and graduated in 1982. Tom served a total of 43 years of service and won numerous awards including the Field Major’s award for going beyond the call of duty to find and save the life of an abducted child.

In addition to being a dedicated trooper, Tom was also a dedicated husband, father, and friend to many. While working in Gatesville, Tom met and eventually married a special woman who was working as a dispatcher, Tammy Beasley Nipper in 1978.

Almost every weekend Tom was not working he was at his home having a gathering with friends and family where he would grill burgers, share birthday cake, and watch the Cowboys play. Often family would catch him sneaking a nap with one or two of the family dogs sleeping on top of him, their favorite pillow.

Outside of his favorite past time entertaining family, he would visit the local hobby shop to embrace his inner geek, of which he was a proud member. He would want to quote the immortal words of one of his favorite characters, Spock, in saying, 'live long and prosper!'. Tom always had a joke or a friendly prank to play on his children. He was a passionate person who loved his country dearly and in addition to his direct service to it, always expressed how he hoped to make it a better place.

Survived by:
Tammy - Wife
and three children

Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: No Info
Location:   Temple, TX   USA   Sat. Nov. 04, 2017
Summary: Senior Trooper Tom Nipper was killed in a vehicle crash while conducting a traffic stop on southbound I-35, near Midway Drive, in Temple.

He was sitting in his patrol car during the stop when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The impact caused the patrol car to strike the stopped vehicle and Trooper Nipper. He was transported to Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries.

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