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Slovacek exemplified love of country, community, family

By Cameron Wallace

The Cuero Record

DPS Special Agent Dustin Slovacek died on Sunday, Sept. 12th from complications of COVID-19. He was 37 years old.

His body was escorted from the hospital in San Antonio to Freund Funeral Home in Cuero by a procession of DPS, local law enforcement agencies, and First Responders. In Cuero, residents lined the streets to welcome the Marine and DPS Special Agent home.

His family is, little more than a week after Sovacek’s passing, trying to make sense of the loss. Their wound is still very much an open one.

Who is the man a family mourns? The Marine, who so proudly served the United States? The DPS officer who honorably served Texas and his local community?

Dylon Slovacek, his brother and also a Marine and DPS officer, remembers, “We grew up playing army, and we both decided we were going to join the military. He chose the Marines and I followed; then, when he was getting out, following seeing action in Afghanistan, he went straight to the DPS Academy. about fourteen and a half years ago.”

Mom, Kim Slovacek, adds, “it was actually the summer before he was a senior that a Marine recruiter came to our house. He wanted to join, and we had to sign Dustin in because he wasn’t 18 yet. That was hard, but he said ‘Mom, if you don’t do it I’m gonna join anyway.’”

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