Crowd memorializes Officer Reyna, Lt. Hill

Crowd memorializes Officer Reyna, Lt. Hill

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Candlelight vigil Jan. 15, 2020 Candlelight vigil Jan. 15, 2020
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Vigil memorializing the two fallen first responders Jan. 15, 2020 Vigil memorializing the two fallen first responders Jan. 15, 2020
LUBBOCK -

 Recognition continues to pour into Lubbock for Lubbock Police Officer Nicholas Reyna and Lubbock Fire Rescue Lieutenant/Paramedic Eric Hill. It's come from all around the nation, recognizing service, dedication and sacrifice.

One such memorial was sent from the New York Yankees. The organization sent its deepest sympathies, its thoughts and prayers to the families of Officer Reyna and Lieutenant Hill.

Wreath sent by the New York Yankees to honor fallen Lubbock first responders

There has been overwhelming support from the community in this unprecedented time. Never before has Lubbock lost a police officer and firefighter in the line of duty in the same day. 

Despite the cold weather, neighbors, friends and co-workers stood beneath a large American flag a the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial in south Lubbock Wednesday evening. Many people said their goodbyes to the fallen first responders. But they also promised to never forget their ultimate sacrifice.

Police Chief Floyd Mitchell fought back tears as he spoke to the crowd. Prayers were said for Firefighter Matt Dawson, who is still in the hospital, fighting for his life.

Both Lieutenant Hill and Officer Reyna were not only remembered for their service, but also as dedicated husbands and farthers.

It certainly was an evening full of emotions. And it will be a difficult next few days.

Lt. Hill Funeral 

Funeral services for Lt. Hill will be 9 a.m. Friday morning at the Rip Griffin Center at Lubbock Christian University. A procession will then leave the LCU campus heading south to the Marsha Sharp Freeway, west to Loop 289, then northbound to 19th Street.

His burial will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. 

 

Officer Reyna Funeral 

Visitation for Officer Reyna will be 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 16) at Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Funeral is 11 a.m. Saturday at Trinity Church. A procession will then go westbound of the South Loop access road to Indiana Avenue, then will head north to 19th Street, then west to Resthaven Cemetery.

 

Leaders of the fire and police departments told us they are urging everyone to slow down and drive to conditions next few days, with rain likely and the potential for freezing rain Thursday into Friday morning.

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