A candlelight vigil will be held for Sgt. Bartlett Sunday
The Lubbock Patriot Guard Riders have announced that on Sunday, July 18, they will be holding a candlelight vigil for Lubbock County Sheriff’s Sergeant Josh Bartlett.
Bartlett was killed in the line of duty while assisting Levelland Police with a barricaded subject on Thursday, July 15.
The vigil will be held at 9:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Memorial, located at 6601 Quaker Avenue in Lubbock. Deputy Captain Leighton Lowell will join the Patriot Guard to ensure veterans and first responders can receive the organization’s services as they pass.
Various politicians across the state have since released statements regarding the deposed sergeant, including Representative Jodey Arrington:
Yesterday’s tragedy was horrific and heartbreaking. West Texas and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office have lost a true hero in Sgt. Josh Bartlett. I ask our community to join me in prayer for all the officers who were injured in yesterday’s shooting and their families. We must never, ever forget that our men and women in blue risk their lives every day to protect our families and defend our community.
Another statement, this time from Governor Greg Abbott:
Our hearts are with the loved ones of Sgt. Josh Bartlett as the State of Texas mourns his tragic death. Our law enforcement officers put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe, and Sgt. Bartlett’s murder is a heartbreaking reminder of the sacrifices law enforcement faces every day. Cecilia and I ask our fellow Texans to pray for the family and friends of Sgt. Bartlett as they mourn her death, and we also pray for the other three law enforcement officers who were injured in the line of duty.
Governor Abbott has since ordered that the Lubbock County flags be half-masted to honor Sergeant Bartlett.