Lubbock firefighter, police officer killed while working crash on Interstate 27

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LUBBOCK, Texas (KLBK/WKRN) — The Lubbock Police Department and Lubbock Fire Rescue announce the names of the officer and firefighters involved in the fatal crash on North Interstate 27 shortly after 8 a.m. today.

A second firefighter was critically injured.

The accident was reported in the area of Interstate 27 and Drew Street (Farm-to-Market Road 1294).

The deaths of the first responders were announced during a press conference late Saturday morning at the City of Lubbock Emergency Operations Center.

Chief Floyd Mitchell with the Lubbock Police Department said a 27-year-old male officer died at the scene.

Mitchell said the officer had been with LPD for one year.

The two firefighters were transported by ambulance to University Medical Center Chief Shaun Fogerson with Lubbock Fire Rescue said.

Forgerson said a 39-year-old firefighter died at the hospital.

27-year-old Officer Nicholas Reyna served with the Lubbock Police Department for one year, following the academy, he served on patrol during the day shift.

39-year-old Lieutenant-Paramedic Eric Hill served with Lubbock Fire Rescue for ten years. Eric was promoted to lieutenant in July 2019 and was stationed at Fire Station 10B.

The injured firefighter who remains in critical condition is 30-year-old Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Dawson. He has been with the department for five years. Matt Dawson is stationed at Fire Station 2A.

Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released the following statement late Saturday morning:

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

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