LUBBOCK, Texas– The Lubbock Patriot Guard Riders announced Friday they will hold a candlelight vigil for fallen Sgt. Josh Bartlett Sunday night.
The vigil will begin at 9:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Memorial located at 6601 Quaker Avenue.
Bartlett died Thursday after a standoff in Levelland that left three other law enforcement officials injured.
Deputy State Captain Leighton Lowell said he joined the patriot guard to ensure veterans and first responders can receive the organization’s services when they pass.
“We go set up flags at the grave sites or on the side of the road when there’s a procession,” Lowell said, “to make sure the veterans or first responders are escorted to their final destination.”
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The Patriot Guard Riders is a “100% Volunteer, Federally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization which ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring Fallen Military Heroes, First Responders and honorably discharged Veterans,” according to the Patriot Guard Riders Lubbock website.
Lowell said there are a lot of veterans first responders who do not receive the organization’s services, because families do not know about them.
“So there’s a lot of funerals we’ve missed,” he said.