Texas police officer, firefighter killed, 1 firefighter injured at icy wreck scene

A vehicle crossed a median and crashed into the officer and firefighters as they worked a wreck

Duty Death: Nicholas Reyna - [Lubbock, Texas]

End of Service: 01/11/2020


UPDATE: (5:57 p.m. PST) — The Lubbock Police Department Facebook page has announced the name of the police officer who was killed: Officer Nicholas Reyna, 27, served with the Lubbock Police Department for one year. Following the academy, he served on patrol during the day shift. 

By Adam Young
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas — Two first responders were killed and another was injured as they worked the scene of a crash in icy conditions Saturday morning in North Lubbock.

One Lubbock police officer and firefighter died and another firefighter was critically injured when another vehicle crossed a median and crashed into them as they worked a wreck about 8:30 a.m. on North Interstate 27 near FM 1294, said Lubbock police public information officer Allison Matherly.

Police Chief Floyd Mitchell and Lubbock Fire Rescue Chief Shaun Fogerson hosted a brief news conference later in the morning, going over the timeline of events and calling it a tragic day for Lubbock law enforcement. Officials had not released the names of the injured first responders pending notification of next of kin. The officer who died was identified as a 27-year-old man, while the firefighter who died was a 39-year-old man. The critically injured firefighter is a 30-year-old man.

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued a brief statement via Twitter in response to the loss of the first responders.

"Terrible news in Lubbock this morning. We have lost 2 brave first responders," reads the statement. "As we await more news, please join Jan and I in praying for the Lubbock community and the families of these heroes."

 

Today our hearts mourn for the losses and critical injuries experienced by our Lubbock First Responder Family....

Posted by Lubbock Police Department on Saturday, January 11, 2020

 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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