Six officers from Lubbock have been killed in the line of duty in the department's history. On Monday, officers gathered to remember the men that gave the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Lubbock.
"It helps to let families know that they (LPD) support us. To remember a fallen officer, that means something, that he truly was a good officer." Tonya's husband Kevin Cox worked for Lubbock police for 16 years. On July 13, 2001 he was killed in the line of duty during this swat standoff. Tonya was left to raise two kids, a chore she never thought she'd have to do alone. "I'm stronger than I thought I was. Kevin always took care of me, now I have to do everything. He taught me well, he prepared me if something like this were to happen. I feel like he's there telling me keep going, keep going."
There are six fallen officers in Lubbock that were remembered in pictures and prayers for National Police Week. Assistant Chief Dale Holton says, "It helps them know that if they should fall, they'll always be remembered and their contribution to the community won't be taken for granted."
For officers, every day holds an uncertain future for what could happen on the streets, which is why LPD will continue to honor those who sacrificed most to keep the community safe. Holton reminds the community that when they're home safe and warm, the police are out on the streets, doing their best to keep the community safe.
National Peace Officer Memorial Week was started by president John F. Kennedy to honor the work officers do for our cities.