Orange trooper awarded Purple Heart from Texas DPS

A Texas Highway Patrol trooper in Orange received a Purple Heart Thursday from the Texas Public Safety Commission and Texas Department of Public Safety, DPS announced.

Kimberly Ousman suffered “multiple injuries” on July 23, 2014, when she was struck while conducting a crash investigation along Interstate 10 in Orange County, according to Texas DPS.

A Lake Charles man, Will Houston, then 71, was charged with failure to control speed, according to previous Enterprise reporting. Houston’s vehicle struck Ousman’s patrol car, and the force of the impact pushed Ousman’s car into the previously crashed vehicle, which then struck Ousman according to Texas DPS.

Two other DPS employees received Lifesaving Awards. Sgt. Brad Gibson, of Austin, received an award for helping revive a driver who had stopped breathing. Troopers Robert Bowden and Matthew Ferguson, of Shamrock, who assisted a man severely injured in a rollover crash, according to Texas DPS.