'Second family' remembers Brownfield officer killed in wreck

'Second family' remembers Brownfield officer killed in wreck
Flag at half mast on Shedd's patrol car
Flag at half mast on Shedd's patrol car
Officer Jeremy Shedd was 27
Officer Jeremy Shedd was 27
SGT Ramon Soliz
SGT Ramon Soliz

BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers suspect alcohol was a factor in the deadly crash that killed a Brownfield police officer around 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Officer Jeremy Shedd, 27 years old, was headed home to Lubbock from his shift in Brownfield when investigators say 26-year-old Sergio Vazquez veered into Shedd's lane. Their trucks collided just south of Meadow. Both men died from their injuries.

DPS Sergeant Bryan Witt says authorities suspect Vazquez had been drinking.

Shedd's family members said he called the Brownfield Police Department his "second family," and Sergeant Ramon Soliz said the feeling was mutual.

"I treated him like my own," Soliz said, "just like he was my son. And he always told me, 'You're just like my second dad', and I took pride in that.'"

Jeremy worked hard for the department, and Soliz said he never complained.

"There's just so much that we're going to miss about him in this department," he said.

Another sergeant who helped train Jeremy was Andres Juarez, who use to spend 12 hours a day with him.

Juarez remembers their conversation directly before Jeremy's accident.

"He just missed us working together, being on the same team since we aren't on the same team anymore," Juarez said. "We shook each other's hand."

Juarez said he learned some unforgettable lessons from Jeremy.

"He just brought a great attitude when he came to work every day," he said, "no matter what situations we were getting into."

Jeremy had the type of character that Brownfield police officer Jayson Flores said the department desires in future officers.

"You need to have a Jeremy Shedd attitude," he said, "because he always had the best attitude."

Visitation for Shedd is set for Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lake Ridge Chapel & Memorial Designers at 6025 82nd St. in Lubbock.

Shedd's memorial service is scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church at 2201 Broadway in Lubbock; when law enforcement from Brownfield and across the area will host an honor ceremony for him.

Shedd's burial service at Macon Resthaven Cemetery is set for 2 p.m. Saturday in Nolan County.

Anyone wishing to help the family with expenses can donate to the "Officer Jeremy Shedd Memorial Fund" at any City Bank location in Lubbock.

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