LPD Officer Reyna, Lynn Co. Sheriff Vega, Plainview ISD Officer Rivera honored at Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony

Fallen Peace Officers honored in Texas Memorial

AUSTIN, Texas (KCBD) - Fallen officers from across Texas were honored at this year’s Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony on Sunday, including Lubbock Police Officer Nicholas Reyna, Lynn County Sheriff Abraham Vega, and Plainview ISD Officer Robert Rivera.

The ceremony, honoring those who died in the line of duty in 2019 and 2020, was held House Park Field, 1301 Shoal Creek Blvd., Austin, TX 78701.

The event began with a law enforcement procession along Shoal Creek Boulevard, leading into the Ceremony at House Park Field, and concluded with a Candlelight Vigil. Governor Greg Abbott delivered the keynote address and presented medals and resolutions to the surviving family members.

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Plainview Police Officer Robert Rivera passed away Wednesday morning after a four-week battle with COVID-19.
Plainview Police Officer Robert Rivera passed away Wednesday morning after a four-week battle with COVID-19. (Source: Obituary Photo)

Members of law enforcement from across the state, friends and families of our fallen officers, elected officials, and countless supporters of law enforcement were in attendance.

The ceremony is coordinated and hosted by the Texas Peace Officers’ Memorial Ceremony Committee, established in Texas law in 2017.

The fallen officers being honored are:

Christopher David Murray, Frisco Police Department

Norman D. Merkel, US Marshal’s Service

Ray E. Horn, III, Comal County Sheriff’s Office

Russell Dean “Rusty” Salazar, Kendall County Community Supervision and Corrections Department

Donna Marie Moss, US Customs and Border Protection

Nathan Hayden Heidelberg, Midland Police Department

Albert “AJ” Castaneda, Jr., Grand Prairie Police Department

David Jones Fitzpatrick, The Colony Police Department

Jose Luis “Speedy” Espericueta, Jr., Mission Police Department

Carlos A. Ramirez, Kendall County Sheriff’s Office

Jose Luis Blancarte, Kinney County Sheriff’s Office

Moises Sanchez, Texas Dept. of Public Safety

Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, Harris County Sheriff’s Office

Matthew Ryan Jones, Falls County Sheriff’s Office

Christopher Charles Lewis Brewster, Houston Police Department

Kaila Marie Sullivan, Nassau Bay Police Department

Bryan Charles Pfluger, San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office

Clifton J. Martinez, San Antonio ISD Police Department

William Christopher Dickerson, Panola County Sheriff’s Office

Nicholas Lee Reyna, Lubbock Police Department

Alan Daniel McCollum, Corpus Christi Police Department

Richard E. Whitten, Liberty County Sheriff’s Office

Christopher Scott Korzilius, Travis County Sheriff’s Office

Amanda L. De Leon, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Justin Read Putnam, San Marcos Police Department

Jonathon Keith Goodman, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Akbar N. Shabazz, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

John Andrew Rhoden, Bell County Sheriff’s Office

Coy D. Coffman, Jr., Texas Department of Criminal Justice

James D. Coleman, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Jason M. Knox, Houston Police Department

Caleb Daniel Rule, Fort Bend County Constable’s Office, Precinct 4

Ismael Z. Chavez, McAllen Police Department

Edelmiro Garza, Jr., McAllen Police Department

N. Kyle Coleman, Bexar County Fire Marshal’s Office

Sheena Dae Yarbrough-Powell, Beaumont Police Department

Walterio Rodriguez, Texas Department of Criminal Justice

James W. Weston, Jr., Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Peter John Herrera, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office

Lemuel Delray “DJ” Bruce, Jr., Houston Fire Marshal’s Office

Harold Lloyd Preston, Houston Police Department

Sean Sebastian Rios, Houston Police Department

M. Wayne Rhodes, Denton County Constable’s Office, Precinct 2

Abraham Vega, Lynn County Sheriff

Robert Rivera, Plainview ISD Police Department

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