SAN MARCOS, Texas — As thousands of proud parents poured into the Texas State University Stadium, one family stood out.
About 50 Department of Public Safety troopers
and San Marcos officers showed up at the New Braunfels High School
graduation in San Marcos to cheer on Robert Vetter. Although they're not
related by blood, they watched him grow up.
"We're here to support him since his father can't be, Robbie Barrera said. “His family is still our family."
Robert is the son of fallen state trooper
Randall Vetter who died 18 years ago in the line of duty. Robert was
only eight months old when his father died. Many troopers stepped in to
help him and his mom along the way in his father's absence.
"It's hard to capture what DPS has done for
me and not just 18 years ago when Randy died, but over the ups and downs
of life," Cynthia Vetter said. "The support they've been able to give
me and Robert is priceless and irreplaceable."
"Graduation is about friends and family,” Robbie said. “Law enforcement is family, too. Them being here means a lot to me."
Robert is now headed to Texas A&M University. He wants to pursue a career in law enforcement and be a game warden.