Hours ago Lubbock Police Department (LPD) Chief Stevens help a press conference discussing Lubbock's support of the Dallas Police Department. He started by talking about the kinds of “unparalleled” people that we have here in Lubbock, saying he doesn’t know anywhere else that has it this good. He attributed that to the fact that we support each other and work together as a community. Watch here
As a community of Terry Scholars, we have it good too. We work together and we support each other. One of our community needs some support. Mike Ruiz, a 2014 Transfer Scholar, is a member of the LPD. This morning Officer Ruiz said it was an emotional day for the department as they mourn, reassess, and plan. As the day went on, people from the community came to the station to drop off items showing their support. The briefing room tables were quickly covered with cookies, doughnuts, flowers – outward symbols of community support.
As a Terry family we have supported Officer Ruiz as he pursues his bachelors, explores study abroad, supports a wife who is in Medical School, and raises a family. We have helped and encouraged him as he pursues his educational goals. Achieving those goals will make him a better officer, a stronger civil servant, and a more compassionate leader. We continue to support him on campus and in uniform.
During a press conference this morning after sniper attack, Dallas Police Chief said, “'We don't feel much support most days. Let's not make today most days.”
Today doesn’t need to be most days for our Terry Family.
Michael Ruiz, we thank you for your leadership and your service.