Town asked to help honor one of its own

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MONAHANS — The Monahans Chamber of Commerce is wanting to honor a fallen Texas State Trooper, and is looking for help in raising money to commemorate the man.

Officials from the chamber in this small town in West Texas last Tuesday began a campaign asking the community to donate so signs can be erected in honor of Trooper Billy Jack Zachary.

B.J. Zachary was killed on Jan. 1, 2006, when he was hit by a truck on a traffic stop. He was a former Madisonville resident and a graduate of Madisonville High School.

He left behind his parents, who still reside in Madisonville, as well as a wife and daughter.

In line with the Monahans effort, his former classmates are looking to help raise funds, said Liz Ward.

In May, the Texas Legislature passed a bill designating a three-mile stretch of Interstate 20 "Trooper Billy Jack Zachary Memorial Highway."

However, the legislation did not include funding for signs, which is estimated to cost $19,000, Ward said.

“Monahans Chamber is trying to raise the funds, and all of us that grew up with him (in Madison County) — the family still lives here — are trying to help raise that money,” she said.

Friends and family have set up a donation site through youcaring.com to help with the fundraising effort, Ward said.

Anyone interested in donating can do so at www.youcaring.com/monahanschamberofcommerce-1016845.

“He was great guy,” Ward said. “We all went to church together. He was just starting his career with DPS, having been there a year. I hope that they can get this together and get this stretch of I-20 dedicated to him.”

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