Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Rod Carroll signed a permanent endowment named in his honor at Lamar Institute of Technology May 17 in the school’s Multi-Purpose Center.
The endowment was created with funds donated to the LIT Foundation, and will help provide cadets in LIT’s Regional Police Academy with the opportunity to begin or continue their education.
The endowment recognizes his many contributions to the citizens of Southeast Texas.
Carroll is an LIT Foundation Board Member, and has served as chairman of the Texas Peace Officers Memorial Committee. Under his leadership, the committee raised funds for a state memorial for officers who have died in the line of duty to be placed on the Capitol grounds.
In 2005, he received the Small Business Person of the Year award from the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce. Carroll has also been recognized by the cities of Jasper and Labelle for his assistance during Hurricane Rita.
He has served on many boards such as The South East Texas 100 Club, the Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, the Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital Foundation and Girls Haven.
He is currently employed as the public information officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department.
He and his wife Kate have two children, Matthew and Brooke.