Texas State Trooper Juan Rojas Tovar, a hero who survived being shot 13 times while apprehending a mass shooter, received an unexpected show of support at his son's little league baseball game. Due to his recovery, Tovar couldn't attend the game, so his colleagues, over a dozen troopers, showed up in full uniform, armed, and lined the fence wearing tan cowboy hats. A sign spelling out "Pray for Tovar" with red plastic cups explained their presence to confused spectators. The troopers had come to support Tovar's son in place of his absent father.
The tragic incident occurred when Tovar was pursuing a shooter at a manufacturing facility in Bryan, Texas. The shooter, Larry Winston Bollin, killed one man and injured several others, including Tovar. Despite sustaining over a dozen gunshot wounds, Tovar fought for his life and underwent extensive treatment at two different hospitals. He eventually recovered, although he lost his left eye.
Upon returning home, Tovar longed to see his son, whom he hadn't seen since the shooting. When he arrived at the baseball game, he was touched to find his colleagues there and his son holding a sign for him. Tovar expressed his happiness and gratitude for the support shown by his community and colleagues throughout his recovery.
Tovar's bravery and dedication in the line of duty have earned him the title of a hero. The community has rallied around him, hosting benefits to assist him and his family. Tovar acknowledges the love and support he and his family have received from friends and strangers alike, emphasizing that they will be taken care of no matter what happens to him.
This heartwarming gesture from the Texas State Troopers not only demonstrates the camaraderie among law enforcement officers but also highlights the compassion and solidarity within the community. It serves as a reminder of the resilience and strength of individuals like Trooper Tovar, who selflessly risk their lives to protect others.