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Community continues to back the badges

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Car wrecks have killed and injured several people, including three first responders in just the past month. The community has shown unity and strength, has carried cops, firefighters, paramedics and state troopers through this trying time.

"We're killing each other," Lubbock Fire Rescue Chief Steve Holland said.

On December 27, a crash investigation near Slaton injured a State Trooper.

"We all miss him and I know he's ready to get back at it, too." Texas DPS Sergeant Johnny Bures said.

On January 11, Lubbock lost two first responders. Firefighter and paramedic Matt Dawson is still in the hospital. Although there may not be scars to show it, there were other first responders at the scene that are healing, too.

"They immediately had to jump into their work mode and start working on their brothers and stuff, it's going to take some healing for all the crews that were out there. In our hearts they're truly survivors, too," Chief Holland said.

Lubbock Fire Rescue Chief Holland attributes these tragedies to people being in a hurry.

"Let's pay attention, let's keep each other safe and let's make Lubbock a safe community for all of us to live in," Chief Holland said.

Through donations, memorials, funerals, t-shirt sales and a benefit breakfast, Lubbock has backed the badges. 

"This is going to be a long process for all of these families and it's going to be a long healing process," Chief Holland said.

"We got to see Lubbock at its best last week. We stood strong, we stood together. Tears flowed and compassion flowed literally down our streets," Mayor Dan Pope said.

"This is our home, this is your home and so these first responders are with you and they live with you and they live amongst you and everything like that, so they're part of the community also," Bures said.

Another order of t-shirts should be coming in soon.

Troopers will be serving breakfast burritos Thursday, January 23 and Lubbock National Bank will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch on Friday, January 24 to gather donations for Jerrod Burtnett. Burritos are $3 each and lunch is $5 per person. Donations are accepted. Lunch will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the Lubbock DPS Aircraft Hanger.

Here are links to each of the accounts to donate:

Firefighter Matt Dawson: https://bit.ly/2TgGG4Y

Firefighter Eric Hill: https://bit.ly/2QLDNY7

Officer Nicholas Reyna: https://bit.ly/2FEpvSS

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