Memorial held for fallen West Texas first responders, including

Memorial held for fallen West Texas first responders, including Officer Floyd East Jr.

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The legacies of 39 first responders in West Texas will always be remembered.

A memorial ceremony was held Tuesday morning to honor these heroes, where their names are now forever etched in history. 

One of those first responders that was memorialized, Texas Tech police officer Floyd East Jr., who was killed October 9, 2017.

Carmen East, the widow of Officer East, said he will now forever be remembered for his duty to this country, which is what he always wanted. 

"We're extremely proud. We miss him every day. It seems like it just happened yesterday. He always loved his job and he loved what he did. I know that's how he wanted to die," East said.

Tech Police Chief Kyle Bonath said his memories of Officer East will always be about his dedication to service. 

"It was just a touching tribute that goes to the point that we're not going to forget, but that we're going to remember and remember the people who sacrificed and given the ultimate sacrifice," Bonath said.

Carmen said the memorial will always be a reminder of the support her family has received since her husband's death. 

"It is a beautiful experience. We're really appreciative to the Lubbock community for allowing him to be on this wall in honor of all the other first responders that have fallen," East said.

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