Two Odessa officers shot in the line of duty honored for heroism

Two Odessa officers shot in the line of duty honored for heroism

Last month two Odessa officers were shot at a nearly nine hour standoff.

"In my mind, I made a decision. Good or bad or indifferent, if he was still in there, I was going in after him," said Sgt. Pete Gonzalez.

It was an emotional day for Corporal Cory Wester and Sgt. Pete Gonzalez as they remembered December 23. The day they both were shot while serving a warrant.

"I wasn't too concerned about me. I knew I'd be okay. I was more worried about him," said Corporal Cory Wester.

Friday morning many gathered to watch the two officer being honored by State Representative Brooks Landgraf. They were presented American flags that were flown over the state capital.

The community and the city of Odessa have shown their support for their heroism on that day before Christmas Eve.

"People have shown that they care for our officers, that they are concerned about our injured officers. Our officers just feel very touched," said Mayor Turner.

Since the shooting, the officers have received an outpouring of love and financial help from the luncheon tickets, donations, and t-shirt sales.

"We are in excess of $7,000 already," said Jon Foust, Vice President of the PPOA.

The benefit luncheon sold out over 500 tickets within days. The two officers cannot believe how much support they have received.

"We just want to say thank you all. It makes you take pride in the city you live in and the people that live in it," said Sgt. Gonzalez.

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