Officer East honored during National Peace Officer Memorial Serv

Officer East honored during National Peace Officer Memorial Service

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

199 police officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide last year. This includes Texas Tech Officer Floyd East Junior. On May 15, their lives are honored for National Peace Officer Memorial day. 

Families, national leaders and the public joined in the mourning of these fallen officers. In Officer East's honor, three Texas Tech PD officers attended the ceremony on Capitol Hill. 

University President Lawrence Schovanec said it is a tragedy that will stick with him indefinitely. 

"I think it's important that Texas Tech always be cognizant of what happened, remain supportive of that family whenever such an opportunity comes up," Schovanec said.

He said it is important to take the opportunity to show support to the entire department. 

"As we honor the memory of officer east, it's also a chance to let our police department know that we appreciate them," Schovanec said.

For Lubbock Police Department, there were six roses for the six lives lost over the history of the department. 

"When something like this happens, It certainly has an impact on the officers family that none of us can truly and fully understand," Chief Greg Stevens said.

Stevens said these tragic events take a toll on the families of active officers. 

"Days like today are really set aside I think to recognize not only what police officers and their families go through," Stevens said. "Not just the ones who have died in the line of duty but for every one of them who recognize that, that could become a reality." 

It is a sacrifice, Stevens said is necessary.

"The society needs members that will go forward, that will deal with the hard problems of society and that's dangerous," Stevens said. "Our folks voluntarily going out every single day to address those issues." 

Even with the heartbreak, Stevens said his department will not stop. 

"Lubbock police department understands the danger, they recognize it," Stevens said. "But they're all in, and they're gonna go out every single day to protect and serve and keep this one of the safest communities possible in the United States." 

This is the 37th Peace Officer Memorial Day. President Kennedy signed the proclamation back in 1962. 

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