LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A church so full, yet you could hear a pin drop. Only the subtle sounds of people taking their seats at First Baptist Church in Lubbock interrupted the silence as family, friends, and colleagues prepared to say a final farewell to Lubbock County Sheriff's Corporal D. Robert Harvey.
Harvey was born and raised in Artesia, New Mexico. He came to Lubbock in 1999 and joined the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office two years later. "He joined the Lubbock Sheriff's Office on his birthday, October 7, 2001," Lubbock County Sheriff David Gutierrez said.
Harvey is remembered as a devoted family man and public servant. Photos shown during his funeral revealed his dedication to both. A member of the Texas Tactical Peace Officers Association, Harvey still made time to volunteer as a little league coach. His tour of duty ended early Sunday morning, symbolized at his funeral with the call out of 10-42. "Lubbock S.O., all units, all stations, 88-81 is 10-42, end of watch April 26, 2009 at 00:16 hours," Lubbock dispatch announced.
More than a thousand people came to hear Harvey's story, many he'd never met. They were fellow members of law enforcement from Lubbock, the South Plains, across Texas, federal agencies, and more, but those closest to Harvey, members of his team, carried their fallen comrade to his final resting place.
The procession to Harvey's grave stretched for blocks, with law enforcement, first responders, and more honoring his memory. The 21-gun salute signaled the end, as Corporal Harvey was laid to rest.
"Lubbock was very supportive about two years ago when Odessa lost three officers in the line of duty, and coming from a former Odessa Police Officer, it's important to show our respect and condolences," Midland Police Officer Brent Sheets said.
"We all do the same job. We're here to serve the citizens, and anytime another officers falls in the line of duty, it's important for us to show our support to each other regardless of whether we met that person or not," Ector County Sheriff's Investigator David Trujillo said.
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