AAST Presents Spirit of the Trooper Award to Buc-cee’s and Academy Sports & Outdoors for their assistance to the first responders during Hurricane Harvey
President Barbier presented Mr. Joe Matthews, VP of Loss Prevention with Academy Sports & Outdoors, the AAST Spirit of the Trooper Award that recognizes those who go above and beyond to support state troopers and their families. Academy provided shelter from the storm at their Corporate Headquarters, located in Katy, Texas to the troopers arriving from out of town. Troopers coming from west and northwest Texas were cut off from going to the DPS Houston Regional Office due to the flooding of the highways. Academy opened up their parking garage to allow troopers to park and sleep in their patrol cars the first night. Academy also allowed the National Guard to set up their mobile command post operations and tents for the soldiers assigned to the area. The command post was stationed at this location for 3 weeks. In the early days after Hurricane Harvey the National Guard was refueling helicopters at the Academy headquarters facility until other arrangements could be made.
Buc-ee’s Katy, Texas store General Manager Brent Call and Manager Robert Clark were also presented with the AAST Spirit of the Trooper Award by President Barbier for their Hurricane Harvey assistance. The Buc-ee’s Katy store had not opened to the public by the time Hurricane Harvey made land fall. The Grand Opening had been scheduled and the store was stocked and ready to open. The decision was made by Buc-ee’s to delay the grand opening and allow the Texas Highway Patrol and other first responders to come into the store for rest, food, and beverages at no charge. Mr. Call and Mr. Clark managed this project.
Rick Muniz, Lt. and George Rhyne, Major both retired Troopers from Texas Department of Public Safety, AAST members volunteered to cook for the Texas Troopers and the DPS mobile command post supervisors who were assigned to Katy during the Harvey recovery period. Muniz and Rhyne cooked and served over 3,000 meals to State and Federal Law Enforcement Officers and volunteers who were working to rescue and evacuate people from flooded areas of Houston. They were also assisted by hundreds of volunteers who served and cleaned up the cooking area, and others who donated food and services, with some offering to wash clothes for the Troopers. Muniz and Rhyne were also presented the AAST Spirit of the Trooper Award.
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