Fallen first responders return to Lubbock Monday
The bodies of two first responders who died working a crash scene Saturday morning will be returned from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's office late Monday afternoon.
Lieutenant Eric Hill with Lubbock Fire Rescue and Lubbock police Officer Nicholas Reyna were working a series of wrecks on North I-27 during icy conditions Saturday morning when a vehicle struck them. Ofc. Reyna died at the scene, Lt. Hill died at the hospital.
Around 5:30 p.m. Monday, the city will close the westbound South Loop access road near Quaker Ave. before their bodies are returned to the Lubbock County Medical Examiner's office, at 4434 South Loop 289.
Lubbock Police have invited the public to observe and commemorate Lt. Hill and Ofc. Reyna's service; if you intend to view the return along the South Loop or to the medical examiner's office, be safe and stay out of the roadway. The escort will be going west along South Loop 289.
In Slaton, police advise the motorcade will pass through around 5:15. If you want to join the procession in Slaton, meet on the U.S. 84 westbound access road between Karla's Kut-Up (21st and U.S. 84) and the intersection of 13th Street and U.S. 84. This portion of the road will be blocked off to through traffic. If you are there to join the memorial, flash your headlights at officers. You are asked to park along the north side of the access road.
Ofc. Reyna's patrol unit has been placed at the corner of 10th Street and Texas Avenue as a memorial. Police encourage flowers or other commemorations to be placed there. Lubbock Fire Rescue has asked any memorials or commemorations in Lt. Hill's honor be placed at the Lubbock Regional Public Safety Memorial at 66th and Quaker Ave.
Firefighter/paramedic Matt Dawson was also struck in the same crash; he's recovering in the hospital. Sunday, Lubbock Fire Rescue reported Dawson was recovering better than anticipated; doctors hoped to begin surgery on his legs Monday, but no update's been released since.