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Officials release names of Lubbock firefighter and police officer killed on Saturday


The Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire Rescue released the names of the officer and firefighters involved in the fatal crash on North Interstate 27 shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday.

27-year-old Officer Nicholas Reyna served with the Lubbock Police Department for one year. Following the academy, he served on patrol during the day shift.

39-year-old Lieutenant/Paramedic Eric Hill served with Lubbock Fire Rescue for ten years. Eric had promoted to lieutenant in July 2019 and was stationed at Fire Station 10B.

The injured firefighter who remains in critical condition is 30-year-old Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Dawson. He has been with the department for five years. Matt Dawson is stationed at Fire Station 2A.

Lubbock County Judge Curtis Parish has ordered flags lowered to half-staff at all county buildings in honor of Reyna and Hill.

“The Lubbock community mourns the loss of our honored First Responders.  Our hearts go out to their families, the men and women of the Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire Rescue, and to the entire community in this time of loss. 

"As such, it is fitting that flags should be lowered immediately to half-staff in memory of those who lost their lives. Therefore, I direct the flags which fly over Lubbock County buildings be immediately lowered to half-staff on Saturday, January 11, 2020, in memory of those who lost their lives.  Flags should remain at half-staff through sunset on Friday, January 17, 2020. 

"Individuals, businesses, municipalities, other political subdivisions, and entities within Lubbock County are encouraged to fly their flags at half-staff for the same length of time as a sign of honor and respect. 

"Brenda and I extend our prayers of comfort to the families and all the men and women of the LPD and LFR and we will continue to keep them in our thoughts and prayers," Parish said.

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