AUSTIN, TEXAS (KWES) - The Odessa Police Department Honor Guard attended the 2018 Texas Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony, held in Austin, TX, Monday, where Governor Abbott presented medals to the families of fallen officers from Texas.
The OPD Honor Guard will soon head to Washington D.C. for National Police Week to recognize the service and sacrifice of U.S. law enforcement killed in the line of duty., which takes place Sunday, May 13 through Saturday, May 19.
Members of the Odessa Police Department, Ector County Sheriff's Office, Midland County Sheriff's Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Lubbock Police Department and other local agencies will hold a memorial service to honor fellow officers who have lost their lives in the line of duty Friday, May 18, 2018.
The service begins at 10:00 a.m. at Sunset Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, and the OPD will conduct a brief memorial service for all of the officers who lost their lives in the line of duty the past year in Texas.
Local officers who have given their lives will also be remembered during the memorial, including 8 local law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty: Ector County Sheriff Deputy Thad West, Corporal Gordon "G.T." Toal, Officer Scott Stanton Smith, Lubbock Officer Rodney Kendricks, Corporal Arlie "Lee" Jones, Corporal John Scott Gardner, Corporal Abel Marquez, and Midland County Sheriff Deputy Mike Naylor.