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SPC honors officers killed in the line of duty with memorial ceremony

Provided by South Plains College

LEVELLAND – South Plains College honored lawenforcement officers whose lives were lost while serving and protectingcitizens across the United State with its annual Law Enforcement MemorialService held today (April 30) at the entrance to the college, 1401 S. CollegeAve. 

The keynote address was presented by theSheriff of Terry County Larry Gilbreath. He is a former Texas Ranger. As partof the event, Gilbreath read a list of 13 Texas officers who were killed in theline of duty. Nationwide, 105 officers died while serving and performing theirjobs. 

The Texas list included PoliceOfficer Robert C. Deckard, Jr. of the San Antonio Police Department; SergeantInvestigator Fredrich Adam Sowders of the Burleson County Sheriff's Office;DeputySheriff Adam J. Davis of the Bell County Sheriff's Office; PoliceChief Steven K. Fleming of the Gainesville Police Department; LieutenantClay D. Crabb of the Austin Police Department; DeputySheriff Billy F. "Bubba" Kennedy of the Upton County Sheriff'sDepartment; DeputySheriff Michael Neal Freeman of the Harrison County Sheriff's Office; and SergeantJorge Luis "JL" Garcia of the Pharr Police Department. 

Also, PoliceOfficer Robert Layden "Bobby" Hornsby of the Killeen PoliceDepartment; SergeantLance Allen "Lou" McLean of the Hood County Sheriff's Office; PoliceOfficer William Jason Sprague of the Texarkana Police Department; PoliceOfficer Larry Dale Candelari of the Pasadena Police Department; and DeputySheriff Chad Christian Key of the Grayson County Sheriff's Office. 

The Lubbock County Sheriff's Department HonorGuard raised the flags and assisted the SPC Honor Guard in the service. TheLubbock Fire Marshall Office Honor Guards played the bagpipes. 

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