Many say they are supporters of law enforcement, but Carter Hooper is one of those people who shows his support boldly.
Hooper, a Coast Guard certified captain and head guide for H&H Coastal Hunting and Fishing of Anahuac, Texas, recently received national recognition for his ongoing support of state troopers. The American Association of State Troopers, a national organization that exists to support state troopers through benefits and services, presented Hooper with its Spirit of the Trooper Award in recognition of his generous support of the association’s foundation.
Hooper became only the 13th recipient of the prestigious award.
Hooper initially donated a duck hunt to AAST, which raised $1,100 for the foundation, whose chief benefit is scholarships for children of its member state troopers. The foundation has awarded over $2.4 million in scholarships to 3,301 students since its inception.
Hooper has plans in motion to make another donation this spring to further the cause of the Foundation.
“While state troopers expect nothing in return for the job they do, they greatly appreciate any assistance that helps their children to go to college,” said AAST Texas state director Brandon Bess, a Texas ranger. “We feel strongly that all who help troopers in outstanding ways should be recognized. I personally know Carter Hooper, and he has shown unyielding support of law enforcement officers over the years.”
AAST created the Spirit of the Trooper Award in 2009 to recognize individuals for their support of the goals and purposes of AAST and its mission to improve the lives of state troopers and their families.