Lubbock Lends Helping Hand To Wounded Odessa Officer - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/10/07

Lubbock Lends Helping Hand To Wounded Odessa Officer

Abel Marquez (Odessa American online) Abel Marquez (Odessa American online)

Lubbock authorities are at University Medical Center, providing support to the Marquez family. It's a tragedy that is being felt by first responders in both Lubbock and Odessa.

One-thousand American flags are flying in Kastman Park. "An American Tribute" is posted each year to honor those who lost their lives on 9-11, and to honor first responders who put their lives on the line every single day. And the tragedy in Odessa is reminder of that, a tragedy that one Lubbock widow knows all too well.

Tonya Cox was lying in bed when she first heard the news.

"That came on I mean, you know your heart stops. I've been there first hand and first you start to cry, even though it's been 6 years it still seem like just yesterday," Cox said.

Her husband, Lubbock Police officer Kevin Cox, was killed in a SWAT standoff on July 13, 2001.

"It takes the breath out of you. It's the worst thing you ever have to go through," Cox adds.

It's a pain that Tonya says goes beyond the immediate family and extends to the law enforcement family.

"When you lose someone be it in Odessa, another state or whatever, police officers are family and you just feel that pain when one leaves," Cox said.

The Lubbock Police Department felt that pain when Tonya's husband was killed and now is lending its support to fellow officers in Odessa as they experience loss.

Lubbock Police Chief Claude Jones said, "When a police officer is killed not only does it affect the officers family and the police department in the community of the city of where they're from, but it really tears down walls."

Lubbock Police, sheriff's deputies and DPS troopers have been rotating shifts at the hospital to be with officer Marquez's family.

L.P. Orras, Odessa Deputy Police Chief said, "The officers from Lubbock didn't know their two fallen brothers, but they feel the pain just like it was one of their own."

"I hope the good Lord the roles are never reversed. But if they are I only hope we can reciprocate in kind," added C.C. Chris Pipes, Odessa Police Chief.

Local authorities are also providing food and housing for the families, coupled with Hub City prayers and condolences.

"I've had numerous citizens, who I assume are from Lubbock, come up to me and express condolences and prayers for the officer in care now, and that speaks volumes," Orras said.

We've also learned LPD is offering traffic assistance for the Odessa officers funerals.

If you would like to donate to any of the three officers' families, a fund is set up at Lubbock National Bank. The account is the Odessa Police Assistance Fund.

Odessa police tell us this is the first time they have had officers killed in the line of duty.

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Two Odessa Police Officers Killed in Standoff
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