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OPD Honor Guard Attends 2018 Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony

Post Date:05/08/2018 9:10 AM

The OPD Honor Guard attended the 2018 Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony, which was held yesterday in Austin. During the service, Governor Abbott presented medals to the families of the fallen officers from Texas.

The OPD Honor Guard will soon head to Washington D.C. for National Police Week, which takes place Sunday, May 13th through Saturday, May 19th. This week is set aside to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement that have been killed in the line of duty. The public is encouraged to replace their porch lights with blue bulbs during National Police Week.   

On Friday, May 18, 2018, members of the Odessa Police Department, Ector County Sheriff’s Office, Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Lubbock Police Department and other local agencies will hold a memorial service to honor fellow officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The service begins at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, 6801 East Highway 80, Odessa, Texas. The Odessa Police Department will conduct a brief memorial service for all of the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty the past year in Texas.

Local officers who have given their lives will also be remembered during the memorial. These services will honor 8 local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty: Ector County Sheriff Deputy Thad West, Corporal Gordon “G.T.” Toal, Officer Scott Stanton Smith, Lubbock Officer Rodney Kendricks, Corporal Arlie “Lee” Jones, Corporal John Scott Gardner, Corporal Abel Marquez, and Midland County Sheriff Deputy Mike Naylor.

 

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