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Tribute held for FHP trooper killed by drunk driver

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A touching tribute to a South Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was killed in the line of duty on Interstate 95 by a drunk driver was held Wednesday.

The FHP unveiled a sign in honor of Kimberly Ann Hurd, a trooper who was killed 22 years ago in the line of duty. She had stopped a driver on I-95 in Pompano Beach when she was struck and killed by George Saffles, a drunk driver who fled the scene.

Hurd's family was moved by the dedication. "I want to say thank you. This means the world to us. Thank you," said Cheryl Boltz, the victim's sister.

Trooper Hurd had a nickname. She was referred to as the Queen of DUI because she wrote hundreds of them during her time as a trooper along the stretch of I-95 that extends from Sample Road to the Palm Beach County line, which has since been named in her honor.

Although she made it her mission to protect Florida drivers from drunk drivers, Hurd was killed by one. Her husband has not remarried since Hurd's passing, and he still gets emotional when he is asked about his wife. "In so many ways it's been a long time without her, but in some ways it seems like yesterday instead of being so long ago," said Timothy Hurd, the victim's husband, who is the police chief of the Kinsey, Alabama Police Department.

The sign will serve as a reminder to drivers of the sacrifice that Hurd, who was only 26 years old when she was killed, made for the public during her time as a trooper.

Hurd is remembered by devastated family members and coworkers. "Tell those closest to you how much you love them. Not later. Now, as later could be too late," said Boltz.

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