Honoring The Fallen
It was a somewhat somber afternoon for Law enforcement in Odessa.
Several agencies from Odessa to Lubbock gathered Thursday to honor officers lost in the line of duty in Texas.
"We have to remember the sacrifices these men and women have contributed to their community," Odessa's interim police chief Mike Gerke said following the ceremony Thursday. "Everyday law enforcement is out their trying to keep their communities safe across the United States and it is important that we remember those sacrifices."
Officers and deputies from the OPD, LPD, Ector County Sheriff's Office and the Midland County Sheriff's Office honored the fallen officers by placing a yellow rose in a wreath to commemorate the sacrifice they made.
The key point, according to LPD officer Brooks Jennings, is to make sure their memories are never forgotten.
In honoring those who have fallen across the state, law enforcement also commemorated eight of their own who were lost in the line of duty.
Those officers and deputies include:
Deputy Thad West – Feb. 27, 1958.
Cpl. G.T. Toal – Aug. 19, 1982.
Officer Scott Smith – Feb. 6, 1988.
Officer Rodney Kendricks – July 8, 2001.
Spl. Arlie Jones, Sept. 8, 2007.
Cpl. Scott Gardner – Sept. 8, 2007.
Cpl. Abel Marquez – Sept. 12, 2007.
Sgt. Mike Naylor – Oct. 9, 2014.
"It is very important for us to be here for us to be here for the families of the fallen," Jennings said. "It is also important for us to remember, never let that memory (of the fallen officers) go away. Most of these men and woman are a son, a daughter, or a mom or a dad, pray for those families and especially the little ones and keep that memory alive."