Local emergency responders pay tribute to fallen Lubbock firefighter and police officer

Local emergency responders lined up along bridges and overpasses on Interstate 30 this afternoon to pay their respects to two fallen emergency responders.

A Lubbock police officer and a Lubbock firefighter were both killed yesterday morning while working a traffic crash along the interstate. Their bodies were transported from Lubbock to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsies.

Firefighters, police officers, and paramedics from across DFW lined up along Interstate 30 as the bodies of both entered the city. They were then escorted to the Medical Examiner’s facility in central Fort Worth.

Interstates and highways are some of the deadliest areas for emergency responders. Each year, firefighters and police officers are killed on highways across the country. A rise in distracted and impaired drivers have increased the danger of highway scenes. To reduce this threat, some agencies are adopting the use of “blocking” apparatus, such as retired fire engines, to help secure scenes on the highway. When passing a traffic crash on the highway, you may notice an older (or newer) firetruck positioned well before the site in an attempt to protect emergency responders on the scene.

We extend our deepest sympathies and prayers to the families of both emergency responders killed in the line of duty.