A Lubbock Firefighter & Police Officer were killed and a Firefighter remains in critical condition after they were struck by a vehicle while working an icy wreck this morning. LPD and LFR responded to a single-vehicle rollover crash on northbound I-27 and Drew Street. That call came in at 0819 hours. The vehicle was traveling southbound and crossed over into the northbound lanes and came to rest.
At 0836 LFR and LPD arrived on scene and began to work the first crash. While working the crash, a second vehicle traveling southbound on I-27 crossed over into the median. This vehicle was pulling a trailer. It came to rest about 25 to 50 yards south of the first crash.
While Firefighters were working both crashes, a third vehicle traveling southbound on I-27 crossed into the median and struck 2 Firefighters and the Police Officer. That vehicle continued to travel into the northbound lanes and stopped after going down an embankment.
At 8:50 hours they requested additional emergency personnel and reported that the 3 were injured.
Transported and pronounced dead at the hospital was Fire Lieutenant David Eric Hill, age 39.
Lt. Hill began his career with LFR on August 17th, 2009 and had just recently celebrated 10 years of service to the citizens of Lubbock. Eric had promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on July 6th, 2019.
Firefighter Matthew Kenneth Dawson, age 30, joined LFR on June 2nd, 2014 and has been serving the Lubbock community for 5 years.
27-year-old Police Officer Nicholas Reyna was killed as well. He served with the Lubbock Police Department for one year. Following the academy, he served on patrol during the day shift.
Firefighter Dawson remains in surgery and in critical condition at this time.
Much more to follow. Our condolences to all.
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