ABILENE, Texas -

Former Department of Public Safety Trooper Sparky Dean was surprised by some friends and family at Safety City Saturday morning.

They held a surprise party to celebrate Dean's retirement from DPS. Chief of Police Stan Standrige and other special guests turned out to celebrate Dean. They also named one of the streets at Safety City in Dean’s honor.

Dean was sworn in as the Precinct 1, Place 2 Justice of the Peace earlier this month.