Bodies of Fallen Lubbock Police Officer, Firefighter Escorted through Sweetwater

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Joseph Grant

On Sunday morning, the bodies of a fallen Lubbock police officer and firefighter were given an escort through our area.
The bodies of Officer Nick Reyna and Lt. Eric Hill were being escorted to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner and passed through Sweetwater at 12:15 p.m.
Sweetwater police officers and members of the Lake Sweetwater Volunteer Fire Department paid their respects and stood on the bridge at Highway 84 and Robert Lee Street. Many residents joined them.
The escort then proceeded south on Highway 84 to I-20, east towards Fort Worth and made its way through Abilene at 1 p.m. and was escorted by the Abilene Police Department.
The Ranger Volunteer Fire Department parked their vehicles on the Blunder Bridge to honor the Lubbock firefighter and police officer who lost their lives in the line of duty over the weekend.
Both first responders were killed Saturday morning when a single vehicle lost control on I-27 and crossed over the median and struck them as well as another vehicle with a second fireman, who was listed in stable condition after surgery on Saturday night.
Police and fire departments initially responded to the crash, which occurred before 8:30 a.m. on I-27 north on January 11. The vehicle was traveling southbound and crossed over into the northbound lanes and came to stop in the median when it rolled over. Another vehicle traveling southbound pulling a trailer crashed, ending up in the median between 25 to 30 yards from the first accident. Emergency crews were responding to both crashes when a third vehicle hit two firefighters and the police officer. Icy weather conditions and speed were thought to have possibly played a part in the multiple accidents on Saturday.
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