(Seguin) -- The city of Seguin has approved a resolution to honor the life of Texas Game Warden Teyran "Ty" Patterson. The resolution calls for a portion of Interstate 10 in Seguin to be named after Patterson, who died in May 2007, while saving his partner as they searched for a drowning victim on the Paluxy River in Somervell County, Texas.
Patterson was a Seguin native and his family is well known for being active in the community. His father, Joe Patterson, was on hand to thank the council for passing the resolution asking that the state name a portion of Interstate 10 as the "Texas Game Warden Teyran (Ty) Patterson Memorial Highway."
"I'm extra proud of y'all for supporting me and my family as we go through these trying times. Every time I go through one of these, it gets harder and harder, because it brings back the memory of my son and to be in the midst of these guys, in here today as game wardens, it really brings back memories, because some of these guys were his classmates in the training academy that he went through and to think that Ty, as young as he was, had influence over a lot of people and a lot of people that I didn't know that he knew. The State Representative, up around Cleburne, knew him well and he stood right by his side as he passed away in the hospital and wouldn't leave him the whole time he was with him and until he actually left and came back to Seguin. It's those kinds of things that make situations like this worthwhile," said Patterson.
Several Texas Game Wardens were on hand for Tuesday's council meeting. Patterson says those men and women who wear those uniforms will forever be part of their family.
"Any of these guys that you see here tonight would have done exactly what Ty did to save his friend. He was in a situation that he couldn't get out of. It's one of those things God called him. We have to accept that and we've accepted that as a family. We go on to be a part of the Game Warden family. We're going to support them in everyway that we can no matter what. Again, we appreciate Seguin. We're living here. I was born and raised and I'm going to die here. I'm not going anywhere. Thank you Seguin and we appreciate it from the Patterson family and the game wardens," said Patterson.
Bills have already been filed in both the Texas House and Senate during the current legislative session to rename the stretch of highway after Ty. The council's resolution will be added to the other supporters of the honor for Ty Patterson and his family.
The name change would be for the stretch of highway in Seguin from State Highway 123 Bypass east to State Highway 130.