Provided by South Plains College
LEVELLAND – South Plains College honored law enforcement officers whose lives were lost while serving and protecting citizens across the United State with its annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service held today (April 30) at the entrance to the college, 1401 S. College Ave.
The keynote address was presented by the Sheriff of Terry County Larry Gilbreath. He is a former Texas Ranger. As part of the event, Gilbreath read a list of 13 Texas officers who were killed in the line of duty. Nationwide, 105 officers died while serving and performing their jobs.
The Texas list included Police Officer Robert C. Deckard, Jr. of the San Antonio Police Department; Sergeant Investigator Fredrich Adam Sowders of the Burleson County Sheriff's Office; Deputy Sheriff Adam J. Davis of the Bell County Sheriff's Office; Police Chief Steven K. Fleming of the Gainesville Police Department; Lieutenant Clay D. Crabb of the Austin Police Department; Deputy Sheriff Billy F. "Bubba" Kennedy of the Upton County Sheriff's Department; Deputy Sheriff Michael Neal Freeman of the Harrison County Sheriff's Office; and Sergeant Jorge Luis "JL" Garcia of the Pharr Police Department.
Also, Police Officer Robert Layden "Bobby" Hornsby of the Killeen Police Department; Sergeant Lance Allen "Lou" McLean of the Hood County Sheriff's Office; Police Officer William Jason Sprague of the Texarkana Police Department; Police Officer Larry Dale Candelari of the Pasadena Police Department; and Deputy Sheriff Chad Christian Key of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office.
The Lubbock County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard raised the flags and assisted the SPC Honor Guard in the service. The Lubbock Fire Marshall Office Honor Guards played the bagpipes.