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AWARDS

Officer of the Year 2000

Sgt. Andrew "Drew" Carter
Texas Rangers

Through his investigative skills, Texas Ranger, Sgt. Andrew "Drew" Carter, was responsible for the surrender and arrest of serial killer Rafael Resendez-Ramirez, known as the "railway killer" after Ramirez bludgeoned at least eight victims near railroad tracks in a crime spree that spread from Texas to Kentucky to Illinois. During this period the nation was paralyzed with fear when the suspect was able to allude, capture and continue his killing spree. After Ramirez was placed on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted List in June of 1999, Sgt.  Carter got a call from Ramirez' sister summoning him to her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Sgt.  Carter was told that the subject would be arriving at the Texas/Mexico border at El Paso, Texas in less than seven hours.  Despite obstacles which necessitated Sgt.  Carter to drive throughout the night to reach El Paso, he did so along with the suspect's sister, her pastor, a U.S.  Marshal and an FBI Agent. Further obstacles developed when the cell phone of the mediator, as well a s Sgt. Carter's, overheated in the midst of negotiations regarding Ramirez's surrender.  Using the traditions and the training provided by the oldest law enforcement agency in the United States, the Texas Rangers, Sgt. Andrew Carter successfully arranged for the suspect's surrender at the border of Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas, thus ending a brutal crime spree that lasted at least two years. Sgt.  Andrew Carter's actions are emblematic of the tradition, perseverance and professionalism that is inherent in being a Texas Ranger and represents the best in law enforcement in protecting the community and cooperating with local, state and federal agencies to bring to justice one of the nations most dangerous killers.


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