Good morning! Here is what's on Good Day Lubbock this morning 5-9 a.m. on FOX34.
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Freezing rain with sunshine following later this afternoon
This morning give extra time on morning commute and drive slower as some icy spots possible on roads. Temperatures warmer today but still chilly with the high near 58, southwest becoming breezy 10-20mph. Cold front overnight brings in drier air with temperatures dropping to the 40s and 50s this weekend.
Funeral service today for Lieutenant Eric Hill
Over the next two days, the two first responders killed in a wreck last weekend will be laid to rest. The funeral for Lieutenant Eric Hill is this morning at 9 at the Rip Griffin Center on the LCU campus. Lieutenant Hill was a Lubbock Fire Rescue veteran of 10 years. He'll be remembered for his service and as a dedicated husband and father. After the service, a procession will leave the campus heading south. It will get to the Marsha Sharp freeway, turn west to Loop 289 then northbound to 19th Street. His burial at Resthaven cemetery. We'll broadcast the entire ceremony on FOX34 News Now and in the FOX34 News app. That's also where you can see Officer Nicholas Reyna's funeral broadcast from Trinity Church tomorrow morning at 11.
Public encouraged to wear yellow to honor first responders
In memory of Lieutenant Hill and Officer Nicholas Reyna, you are encouraged to wear yellow today. Coronado High School student Ryan Smith suggested the idea to Lubbock ISD's superintendent. It has quickly spread to other schools within the district. Smith says he chose yellow because it's the brightest color and represents hope for the families.
Memorial t-shirts for fallen first responders now available
Starting today, you can buy memorial t-shirts to support the families. These are the only city-approved fundraising products available, designed by fire crews and police. The shirts are $15 each. The Professional Firefighter and Police Associations will ensure the money goes to their families as well as firefighter Matt Dawson's, who is still recovering in the hospital. They'll be sold at the Market Street at 50th and Indiana this weekend until they run out.
Beware of call scamming residents to give donations
Lubbock Fire Rescue officials tell us someone out there is trying to scam donations for the families. They say there's a call going around asking for money. Don't do it. The fire department will never solicit funds like that. If someone calls you trying to do that... just hang up.
Patrick Mahomes auctioning helmet to support families of first responders
Patrick Mahomes is auctioning off a personalized firefighter helmet to support the families of the fallen first responders. Mahomes had the Lubbock Fire Rescue helmet helmet made with his name and autograph and partnered with McGavock Nissan to put it up on Ebay. All proceeds from the auction go straight to the three families. Bidding started at $500. At last check, it was up to more than $11,000. There are nine days left on the auction.
Lubbock County Detention Officers in mental health training
There's been a spike in incarcerated people who suffer with mental illness, but not every detention officer is equipped to handle such sensitive situations. That's why 24 employed members of law enforcement, went back to the classroom this week at the Sheriff's Academy to learn how to better deal with inmates suffering from mental illness, especially when in a crisis. It's a new program in Lubbock County. They put their newly-learned skills to the test, in their final day of the training program. Volunteers portrayed inmates and the officers had to de-escalate the situation without using force. There will be additional sessions of the program in June and November. The hope is to continue until all the detention officers in Lubbock County are trained.
Look Around Lubbock: "Windmills & Corvettes"
Meredith Aldis is getting a preview of the event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Caprock Corvette Club is bringing over 50 corvettes to the American Windmill Museum.