Portion of FM 685 renamed after Travis County deputy

Money for the sign was raised by the Travis County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Association through memorial bracelet sales. (Photo courtesy of the Travis County Sheriff 's Law Enforcement Association)

PFLUGERVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — The next time you drive on FM 685 you might notice something different.

A portion of the road has now been officially designated as “Deputy Jessica Hollis Memorial Highway”, in memory of Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis who was killed in 2014 after her patrol car was swept away by fast moving water.

Senior Deputy Hollis served with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for seven years.

Photo of Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis. (Photo courtesy of the Travis County Sheriff's Law Enforcement Association)
Senior Deputy Jessica Hollis. (Photo courtesy of the Travis County Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Association)

Sen. Kirk Watson (D) and State Representative Celia Israel both worked to sponsor SB 415 in the Texas Legislature in 2015 to dedicate the stretch of FM 685 between East Pecan Street and Texas 130 as “Deputy Jessica Hollis Memorial Highway,” as it runs near Hollis’ family’s home.

In 2015 a memorial was created to honor Deputy Hollis on Fritz Hughes Park Road. Hollis was also among hundreds of law enforcement officers honored in a national ceremony earlier that year.

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