Funeral planned for Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Hernandez

Hernandez collapsed during physical readiness testing

Published On: Oct 05 2012 08:59:00 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 05 2012 09:00:41 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas -

Funeral services for Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Hernandez, who died in the line of duty yesterday, will begin Monday in the Dallas area, the Texas Department of Public Safety said. 

According to DPS officials, Hernandez, stationed in Universal City, died Thursday at the age of 67 after collapsing during physical readiness testing at the department's Regional Office in San Antonio.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hernandez family during this difficult time,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “Sgt. Hernandez touched countless lives during his decades-long service to the Department and the people of Texas, and he will be missed.”

Visitation will take place Monday, October 8, at the Charles W. Smith and Sons Funeral Home at 2925 5th Street in Sachse, Texas.

General viewing will take place from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and with the family from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 9 at the First Rowlett United Methodist Church at 4405 Main Street in Rowlett at 11 a.m.

The burial will follow at the Lakeview Cemetery in Lavon on the corner of Highway 6 and Highway 78.

Hernandez had been with DPS for more than 35 years and eight months, and had served in the Highway Patrol Division, Driver License Division and Criminal Law Enforcement Division (now Criminal Investigations Division) during his career.

He is survived by his wife, Vera, and son. He is the 88th DPS officer to die in the line of duty.

In lieu of flowers, the family said donations may be made to the American Heart Association.