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Family & friends remember Ofc. Reyna as a true embodiment of a public servant

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Officer Nicholas Reyna will be remembered for his dedication to the City of Lubbock. 

"A man willing to lay down his life in service of others, in service to someone he doesn't even know is a good man. And that's the kind of man Nicholas Lee Reyna will always be," Lubbock Police Chief Floyd Mitchell said. 

With many of friends and colleagues remembering his smile.

"It should be not surprise to anybody that knows Nick that we immediately notice that golden smile," Officer Luis Flores, who graduated in Academy Class 2018B with Officer Reyna, said. 

But he'll always be remembered as a loving husband and father. 

"For those of you who don't know Nick would drive home every weekend throughout the academy to be with his lovely wife Christina in San Angelo," Flores said. 

Even Chief Mitchell choking up when mentioning his one-year-old daughter Catalina. 

"There are no words to explain to beautiful Catalina of the lifetime of memories that will no longer be made between a father and his daughter," Chief Mitchell said. 

Officer Reyna joined the Lubbock Police Academy in October 2018. His fellow rookies recalling his quiet persona, making him a natural born leader. Colorado Springs Chief of Police Charles Rice summing up Officer Reyna's character, a true embodiment of a public servant. 

He graduated from the academy six months later and was on the beat for less than a year. 

"Though his time here was cut short he has now surpassed us all and now carries the title of hero," Officer Corey Owens, with the Colorado Police Department, said. 

The procession led by the honor guard with members from departments from across the state paying respects. 

Officer Luis Granillo traveled from El Paso. He intends to take one message back home. 

"There are officers out there, there are firefighters out there trying to help other people that were involved in accidents. Just slow down, show them a little bit of respect out there," Granillo said. 

His smile may have faded, but his memory lives on. 

"Nick's smile is the light that will give many of us the strength to proceed and help us get through this tragic moment,
 Officers Flores said. 

He married his high school sweetheart in 2016. 

Nicholas Lee Reyna was 27-years-old. 

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