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DEA Survivors Benefit Fund

On August 28, 2000, Special Agent Royce D. “Doug” Tramel was struck and killed by a vehicle. Special Agent Tramel was 36 years of age at the time of his death. Special Agent Tramel graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas in May of 1986 with a Bachelors degree in Political Science. In August that year, he began work with the City of Dallas Police Department. Special Agent Tramel received a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas in May of 1991. He was accepted to the Basic Agent Class 84 in August 1991. Upon graduation he was assigned to the Dallas Field Division. While working in Dallas, Special Agent Tramel received letters of commendation from DEA Administrator Thomas Constantine for his work on the Mobile Enforcement Team and James Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Dallas Office for his efforts on a case indicting 5 drug traffickers from Guadalajara, Mexico. Special Agent Tramel was an avid hunter and in his spare time enjoyed repairing cars and making home improvements. He was survived by his wife, Cheryl, their children, Wyatt and Whitney, his mother, Rita Tramel, and a sister, Rhonda Welch.

The Survivors Benefit Fund is not part of the US Department of Justice (DOJ) or Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) but, instead, is a private 501(c)(3) organization that supports the families of DEA agents, employees, and task force officers who gave their lives in the line-of-duty. Neither the DOJ nor DEA approves, endorses, or authorizes the Survivors Benefit Fund, its materials, or its fundraising efforts.