DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS (030918-B)- OPD AWARDS BANQUET AND PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY

ODESSA, TEXAS/MARCH 10, 2018 – THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT HELD ITS ANNUAL AWARDS BANQUET AND PROMOTIONAL CEREMONY AT THE ODESSA COLLEGE SAULSBURY CAMPUS CENTER INSIDE THE JOE ZANT ROOM. BROOKS LANDGRAF, TEXAS, STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 81 WAS THE KEYNOTE SPEAKER. (BROOKS LANDGRAF, TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 81) “THESE ODESSA POLICE OFFICERS PUT SO MUCH ON THE LINE EVERY DAY TO PROTECT AND SERVE OUR COMMUNITY AND WHEN WE HAVE THE CHANCE TO RECOGNIZE THEM IN PUBLIC FOR ALL THE CONTRIBUTIONS THEY MAKE. I’M JUST THRILLED TO BE A PART OF IT.” STATE REPRESENTATIVE LANDGRAF SAID, THAT BULLET PROOF VESTS ARE AN IMPORTANT COMPONENT IN THE PROTECTION AND SAFETY OF THE OFFICER. (BROOKS LANDGRAF, TEXAS STATE REPRESENTATIVE, DISTRICT 81 “ONE THING WE DID IN THE LEGISLATURE LAST YEAR, WE SET ASIDE GRANT FUNDS FOR EVERY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER IN THE ENTIRE STATE OF TEXAS, WHO DOESN’T HAVE A BULLET PROOF. WE PUT MONEY ASIDE FOR EACH DEPARTMENT TO GET ONE FOR EVERY OFFICER WHO NEEDS ONE. SO, WE PUT THAT IN PLACE HERE IN WEST TEXAS-THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT AND NUMBER OF OTHER POLICE—DEPARTMENTS, AND SHERIFF’S OFFICES ACROSS THE PERMIAN BASIN NOW HAVE THOSE BULLET PROOF VESTS THAT WERE SO DESPERATELY NEEDED.” THIS ANNUAL CEREMONY BRINGS THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT FAMILY TOGETHER. (CHIEF MICHAEL GERKE, ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT) “THIS WAS A CELEBRATION OF THE PROMOTIONS OF SEVERAL PEOPLE AT THE DEPARTMENT. PROMOTIONS HAPPEN AT SEVERAL TIMES DURING THE YEAR, BUT WE LIKE TO COME TOGETHER AS A FAMILY, YOU KNOW, AND CELEBRATE THOSE PROMOTIONS ALL TOGETHER AT ONE POINT IN THE YEAR.” BRIAN J. SMITH WAS HONORED BY THE ODESSA POLICE DEPARTMENT WITH THE LIFE SAVING AWARD FOR HIS HELP IN ASSISTING OPD OFFICERS SAVE FOUR PEOPLE FROM A MAJOR CAR CRASH, WHICH CAUSED TWO VEHICLES TO EXPLODE IN FLAMES ON YUKON ROAD IN JUNE OF 2017. (BRIAN SMITH, RECIPIENT OF THE LIFE SAVING AWARD) “TWO VEHICLES ARE ON FIRE, TRIED TO HELP ONE. WENT TO THE VAN, THAT WAS THE CLOSEST, BUT HAD A SECOND EXPLOSION BFORE I GOT TO IT. SO, I IMMEDIATELY WENT TO THE VEHICLE AND HELPED START PEOPLE OUT.” THIS IS DRB MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS DIGITAL NEWS

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Author: Danny Barrera